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.