El Paso Shooting Victim Spent Years Trying To Obtain A Visa For Her Daughter Only To Be Shot The Week She Obtained It
As we continue to wade through the details of the El Paso tragedy, we continue to learn more about the innocent lives that were taken on that day. We have twenty victims who all had families and friends who loved them. Children lost parents and parents lost children. In a way, we all lost a part of our community along with a sense of safety we assumed we had before this massacre. The heartbreaking stories are sure to continue as we learn more about the victims but this latest bit of information is truly devastating.
One of the twenty victims who was killed the morning of August 3rd, Gloria Irma Marquez, died days before she accomplished a 15-year quest.
For the past 15 years, Márquez, who is a Mexican native, fought to get her daughter a United States Visa. The two have been separated for over 13 years and were waiting for the documentation to allow them to be reunited in the States. Unfortunately, Márquez never saw this come to pass.
After news of the shooting broke, friends and family of Márquez tried to locate her. A friend of her daughter’s even created a Facebook post searching for the woman. However, it was no use. Márquez had been in that Wal-Mart when the shooting began and she had lost her life there.
Heartbreakingly enough, her daughter, Ruby Romero, received her American Visa days after losing her mother.
The documentation came just in time for Romero to attend her mother’s El Paso burial. During this devastating time, Romero and her siblings are just trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. The loss of their mother was a devastating one but it was made worse by the physical distance forced between Márquez and Romero.
A GoFundMe fundraiser was started for the family by Márquez’s niece, Brianna Klein. In the fundraiser, photos and memories of the late mother and her family show a life full of love and dedication to her children.
“Gloria was a dedicated mother, grandmother, and friend,” the GoFundMe states. “It’s in times like these that we come together to help people in these unanticipated times of loss and sadness to help one another and extend a helping hand to the people we care for.”
News of this sad event hit Twitter hard and users were quick to express the need for gun legislation.
Whenever our nation faces yet another act of domestic terrorism, like what we saw in El Paso, the gun control debate refreshes. Honestly, the only way to prevent this from happening again is by voting out representatives who oppose sensible legislation that makes it more difficult to purchase assault rifles. As this tweet suggests, we need to vote for politicians that will have our — and not the gun lobbyists’ — best interest at heart.
Some Twitter users pointed out the importance of hearing these stories no matter how heartbreaking they are.
Márquez’s daughter should have been celebrating the moment she received her Visa. Instead, she is faced with the trauma of burying her mother. There have been several tragic stories to come out of El Paso and it hurts every time we are confronted with them. However, we have to pay attention. Not just to honor the victims and their families, we also have to look at the reality that White Supremacy’s hateful rhetoric has created.
This Twitter user called out the absurd immigration process that the United States follows.
Besides the terrible assault that resulted in twenty deaths, the tragedy here is the immigration process itself. Any kind of system that would separate a mother from her child is inherently immoral. The treatment of immigrants by the United States government is subhuman. If a stigma didn’t exist that said that migrants were an “infestation” to this country, the massacre in El Paso wouldn’t have happened. For better or for worse, the disgraceful treatment of immigrants helps to radicalize and validate White Supremacy.
Our hearts go out the the Romero family and the entire community of El Paso. We’re sure this isn’t the last sad story we will hear from this tragedy and we will remember each one.