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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

El Paso Shooter Charged With Hate Crime For Deadly Walmart Attack

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El Paso Shooter Charged With Hate Crime For Deadly Walmart Attack

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El Paso shooter, Patrick Crusius, has been indicted on 90 federal charges related to the deadly attack, including hate crimes. The shooter admitted to having a specific community in mind when he carried out the attack at the Texas Walmart.

The El Paso shooter is facing federal hate crime charges in connection with the deadly shooting.

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On Aug. 3, 2019, shooter Patrick Crusius walked into an El Paso Walmart and killed 22 people, injuring 23. Some of the victims were Mexican nationals who were shopping.

Crusius has now been charged with 90 federal charges because of the attack including hate crimes resulting in death and an attempt to kill. The shooter admitted to wanting to target Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the attack.

The grand jury that indicted the shooter referenced “substantial premeditation” before the attack.

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Before the attack, Crusius spent six weeks buying an AK-47 and ammunition. Shortly before a 911 alert of the shooting, the shooter’s manifesto appeared online. The manifesto spoke of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” The manifesto also stated that “if we can get rid of enough people, then our way of life can be more sustainable.”

Crusius drove 10 hours overnight from Dallas to El Paso to carry out the shooting. After the shooting, Crusius gave himself up to police stating, “I am the shooter.” The federal indictment comes on the six-month anniversary of the tragic shooting.

Some claim that the language in the manifesto parroted some lines and sentiments from President Trump.

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While the wording ming be similar to what President Trump has said in the past, it is not known if the president actually inspired the shooter. According to AP, the shooter claims that his anti-Mexican beliefs were set before the president and his campaign.

A memorial has been built at the Walmart to honor the 22 victims of the shooting.

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“This hate crime may be considered an act of domestic terrorism, as have other hate crimes throughout our history, like the violence wrought by white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan,” Eric Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, told reporters on Thursday.

The deadly shooting united a community in the face of hate and mobilized a gun reform message from Walmart.

The announcement to change open carry policies for the stores and limit the sale of guns and ammunition was widely celebrated. Gun reform activists saw the move as a way to limit the spread of gun violence in the country.

READ: The El Paso Walmart Where A White Nationalist Killed 22 People Reopens With #ElPasoStrong Banner

The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The Nominations For The Billboard Latin Music Awards Are Out And Here’s Who Made The List

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The nominees for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards are out and some of your faves are claiming several spots on the list. Bad Bunny and Ozuna are leading the pack with 14 nominations each. The two reggaetoneros claimed nominations for the coveted Artists of the Year award. All four nominees for Artist of the Year are male. Here the artists nominated for this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.

First, let’s breakdown the nominees for Artist of the Year.

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny had an exceptional 2019. The Puerto Rican artist teamed up with Colombian superstar J Balvin on the collaborative album “Oasis.” The album brought us hits like “Que Pretendes” and “La Canción.” The reggae star also become politically active this year joining other Puerto Rican celebrities to travel to the Caribbean island to participate in protests against former Governor Ricardo Rosselló and Rosselló’s proposed anti-LGBTQ legislation.

J Balvin

The Colombian music star has been everywhere this year. Balvin not only partnered with Bad Bunny for collaborative album “Oasis,” he released a slew of new songs in 2019. The singer teamed up with Maluma to create “Qué Pena” and we spent most of last year jamming out to that single. Balvin is in tied in second place with Daddy Yankee with 12 nominations.

Ozuna

Despite a longterm scandal involving extortion and a sex tape, Ozuna kept things going and delivered high power music last year. The Puerto Rican singer joined Karol G, Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and J Balvin on “China,” which has garnered more than 1 billion views on YouTube.

Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos spent 2019 collabing with so many different artists. His year of collaborations includes “Me Quedo” with Zacarias Ferreira and “ileso” with Teodoro Reyes. Santos has been nominated for five other awards including Canción del Año, Streaming for “Ella Quiere Beber” with Anuel AA, Top Latin Album, Artista del Año, Masculino, Categoria Tropical, Canción Tropical del Año for “Aullando” with Wisin and Yandel, and Álbum Tropical del Año for “Utopia.”

Here is a full list of nominees in the top categories for the 2020 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Artista del Año / Artist of the Year:

Bad Bunny
J Balvin
Ozuna
Romeo Santos

Artista del Año, Debut / Artist of the Year, New:

Jhay Cortez
Manuel Turizo
Paulo Londra
Sech

Gira del Año / Tour of the Year:

Bad Bunny
Chayanne
Jennifer Lopez
Marc Anthony

Artista del Año, Redes Sociales / Social Artist of the Year

Anuel AA
Becky G
Daddy Yankee
Lali

Artista Crossover del Año / Crossover Artist of the Year

DJ Snake
Drake
Katy Perry
Snow

Check out the full list of nominees by clicking here.

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