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A Mariachi Sang “Amor Eterno” During A Vigil In El Paso, And Latinos Could Not Hold Back Their Tears

There’s always that one song that no matter how you’re feeling or where you are, it stops you in your tracks and completely washes over your body. That’s what “Amor Eterno” by Rocío Dúrcal and Juan Gabriel means to the Latinx, particularly the Mexican, community. The song gets most people bawling even before it gets to the chorus. “Tú eres la tristeza de mis ojos. Que lloran en silencio por tu amor.” 

It’s one of the most heartfelt songs that celebrates our highs and lows. While “Amor Eterno” can be played anywhere, it’s most commonly sung at funerals to represent the last goodbye.

Following the massacre that took place in El Paso on August 3, 2019, this song resonates even deeper with the Latinx community.

“Amor Eterno” has become an anthem amid the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that has left at least 22 victims dead.

 On Sunday, journalist Angélica M. Casas shared a heartfelt video of a mariachi singing the ballad during a large scale vigil honoring the fallen victims of the shooting. 

“If you come from a Mexican family, you know this song. It’s usually sung at funerals as a last goodbye. It ends with the promise that one day we will reunite,” Casas wrote in her tweet. 

A Twitter user replied to Casas’ original tweet saying they are heartbroken every time they hear this song.

“But what do hateful racists know about our great heritage/spirituality/love of God,” the Twitter user said. 

Another user, @IrmaFernandez, said she only managed to watch a couple of seconds before she had to stop because she couldn’t hold back the tears.

This song holds so much meaning that many can’t listen without feeling emotional.

Other folks in El Paso, Texas were also remembering the victims by singing the same song. 

In a smaller vigil on the same day, a journalist from Univision shared a video of a young woman singing “Amor Eterno” at just a couple feet from the Walmart where the shooting took place.

“No hay canción que llegue más en estos momentos. Esta joven canta ‘Amor Eterno’ a solo pasos de la tienda Walmart donde fueron asesinadas 20 personas,” writes Silvia in the tweet. 

On August 3, dozens of Juarez residents attended a vigil to support the victims of the Cielo Vista Walmart shooting. 

According to KTSM, community members came together, holding candles, cell phones, and signs to stand in solidarity with those who lost their lives.

“Two people, from two countries, speaking two languages—united, not divided, by our border. Together, we form a whole far greater than the sum of our parts: a community I’m so proud to call home,” wrote Beto O’Rourke of the vigil on Twitter. 

Many people on Twitter also shared their own images of vigils throughout Texas and what “Amor Eterno” means to them during these times. 

He said he had no words to explain how they felt when listening to “Amor Eterno.” 

Another Twitter user said they get goosebumps listening to both the Juan Gabriel or Rocío Dúrcal rendition of the song.

“Amor Eterno is one of the most heart-rending songs ever written, and masterfully clothes the profound sadness of losing a loved one with high artistry,” @meesposito said on Twitter

One woman on Twitter applauded the singer for not breaking down while singing “Amor Eterno.”

“I just cried clicking play,” she tweeted. 

Others also held vigils in other places throughout the country. 

AJ+ tweeted that hundreds held a vigil outside NRA headquarters in Virginia to honor the 31 people killed in Ohio and Texas over the weekend.

Last night, another vigil took place in New York and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in attendance.

The vigil took place at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn right now. 

On August 3, protestors held a silent vigil outside of the White House to demand action after the mass shootings that took place this past weekend.

RAICES Texas also urged folks from across the country to hold vigils to remember the victims of El Paso. 

“If you don’t see a vigil in your city, sign up to be a host. Now more than ever we need all of us to stand up against #WhiteSupremacy and the #WhiteSupremacistInChief!,” RAICES tweeted. 

READ: ‘Amor Eterno’ Has Been The Song I Carry With Me In Love And Loss

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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Police Identify, Arrest Man Accused Of Destroying Beloved Jesus Statue In El Paso Church

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An important Jesus statue in an El Paso church has been destroyed and police have arrested the suspect. The statue in St. Patrick’s Cathedral was taken down and decapitated and the person police suspect to be responsible has been arrested.

Earlier this week, a 90-year-old Jesus statue was decapitated by a vandal who destroyed the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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We are saddened to announce the vandalism at St. Patrick Cathedral earlier today. The Cathedral was vandalized this morning at around 10:00am. A suspect came into the sanctuary at St. Patrick Cathedral and destroyed the almost 90-year-old statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was located in the center behind the main altar of the church. The church was open and available for prayer. A suspect has been detained by the El Paso Police department. The police are currently continuing their investigation into the vandalism. The Rector of St. Patrick Cathedral, Fr. Trini Fuentes, said, “I am in shock and we at the Cathedral are heartbroken over such an unexpected situation.” Bishop Seitz also expressed his sadness about the damage caused to the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus Statue. “This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us. I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.” “As sad as I am to see a statue attacked and destroyed, I am grateful that it was not a living person,” Bishop Seitz added. “But a statue, particularly this statue, concretizes and connects us to persons and ideals that are not visible to our eyes. They reveal to us realities that are close to us, but unseen,” he said. “At this point we do not know anything about the person who carried out this assault, but he certainly must be a person who is greatly disturbed to have attacked this peaceful place in our city and this image of the King of Peace. I hope this might be the impetus for him to receive the help he needs. He will be in my prayers,” Bishop Seitz added. “I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be. In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us,” Bishop Seitz concluded. St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland and our Diocese, Pray for us.

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The community was rocked when the damage was reported. The statue has been behind the church’s main altar for decades. The vandal attacked the statue at around 10:00 a.m. when the church was opened for prayer when the vandal attacked.

El Paso police have arrested a man in connection to the vandalism.

According to a press release from the police department, 30-year-old Isaiah Cantrell has been arrested for the vandalism. The damage to the statue is estimated to be about $25,000 and Cantrell’s bail has been set at $20,500. El Pasoans are angered at the man for destroying the irreplaceable statue.

“This statue is one of my favorite representations of Jesus—his arms open wide in welcome, his heart aflame with love for us,” Bishop Seitz said about the destruction of the historic Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. “I would often take inspiration from this image as I prepared for Mass.”

Statues like the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue are important to communities that are used to seeing them. The destruction has left clergymen and parishioners angered and saddened by the loss of the statue. It is a historic part of the El Paso religious community having overseen masses since before World War II.

The Diocese of El Paso is raising money to help St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The funds raised by the Diocese of El Paso and the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso will be used on the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The money raised will be used to fix the shattered statue as well as add security and do renovations to the famed church.

“I am devastated at this irreplaceable loss as I know members of this parish community and the whole Church of El Paso will be,” Bishop Seitz said. “In this moment we will reach out in confidence to the One this statue represented and I know he will console us.”

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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