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As El Paso Grieves Their Loss, Here Is Everything We Know About The Victims Of The El Paso Massacre, Which Were Mostly Latino

Much of the nation was grief stricken over this weekend’s double terror attacks. On Saturday, El Paso and it’s large Latino community was racked by gun violence as an alleged White Nationalist opened fire on a Walmart upset about the “invasion” of Hispanics.

News about those killed and injured traveled quickly. So far it’s been confirmed that 22 people have been killed and dozens more were injured, some of them are still in critical condition.

Among the victims are 13 Mexican citizens (including the injured and dead), for whom the Mexican government is now vowing to take legal action against the US and the gunman.

Here’s everything we know about the victims so far:

Jordan and Andre Anchondo

This recently married couple, 25 and 24 respectively, had just celebrated their 1-year wedding anniversary and their eldest daughter was soon turning six. The couple had gone to Walmart to buy school supplies and clothes for their kids but their lives were violently cut short.

The moment he heard about the shooting, Tito Anchondo, Andre’s brother, began calling both his brother and sister-in-law but got no response. Several hours later, he received a call from authorities, who asked him to identify Jordan. He said he rushed to the hospital with the rest of his family to find Jordan, who had died, and his infant nephew, who survived but had several broken bones. Andre was not there.

On Sunday night, family members confirmed to The Post that Andre was killed too.

A 25-year-old woman and mother of three, Jordan Anchondo was killed while trying to shield her 2-month-old son, according to the AP.

“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” Jamrowski told AP. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

Arturo Benavides

Arturo and his wife Patricia were nearly out of the Walmart when the gunmen opened fire. Patricia’s life was saved when someone pushed her into a bathroom stall, however, Arturo didn’t make it out alive.

The 60-year-old was a US Army veteran and had recently retired from working as a bus driver for El Paso’s public transit agency. The couple had been married for more than 30 years.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Jacklin Luna, Arturo’s great-niece, said: “If anyone ever needed anything, he was the first one there: If we needed a ride, a shirt or a meal, he was always the first person to offer anything he had. Whenever we all went out to eat, he would pay the whole bill, he didn’t want anyone to spend a dime.”

Javier Rodriguez

At just 15-years-old, Javier was among the youngest victims from Saturday’s attack.

The Clint Independent School District confirmed his death in a tweet Monday. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of our students,” the district said. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with his parents and family.”

Javier was just weeks away from starting his sophomore year of high school. “He was such a loving boy,” Elvira Rodriguez, his aunt, told the Arizona Republic. She said he loved to play soccer and did well in school.

Elsa Mendoza Marquez

Elsa Mendoza Marquez, a Mexican schoolteacher who was married and the mother of two adult children, was another of the victims.

According to family members, she crossed the border on Saturday and entered Walmart while family members waited outside the store. Her husband, Antonio de la Mora, called her “full of light” and “the most wonderful of women” in a tribute post on Facebook.

Sara Esther Regalado

Sara Esther Regalado was named by the Mexican foreign ministry as a victim.

Her granddaughter Vielka Yu shared images on social media of her and Adolfo Cerros Hernandez, Ms Regalado’s husband. While searching for news, Ms Yu wrote: “My grandparents were shopping at Walmart and Cielo Vista when the shooting happened.”

Adolfo Cerros Hernandez

In another death confirmed by the Mexican Foreign Ministry, it’s reported that the husband of Sara Esther Regalado also died in the attack.

Their daughter Sandra Cerros wrote: “With deep pain in our hearts, let us inform you that our dear parents Adolfo Hills Hernandez and Sarita Regalado died victims of the unfortunate shooting happened yesterday August 3 at Wal-Mart.

“We are devastated. These have been very difficult hours. But now we are united. We thank you infinitely for your prayers, your support, concern, calls and messages.”

Leo Campos

A statement posted online read: “One of PSJAs Alumni life was taken by yesterday’s tragedy in El Paso. We would like to express our sincere condolences for his family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Leo Campos.”

His former school also paid tribute, with school board president Jesse Zambrano saying: “Leo Campos was a great athlete and friend to many during his time at PSJA High. He was a goalie for the soccer team and a kicker for the football team.

“Leo was well liked and a role model to many athletes that looked up to him, including me. We ask for the entire PSJA community to join us in prayer. Rest in peace, hermano.”

Angie Englisbee

Angie Englisbee was described by her grandson Jacob Hallberg as “the hero of our family.”

Hallberg told BuzzFeed News that after his grandfather died of a heart attack at age 38, Englisbee had to find a job and take care of their seven kids alone. He said she “raised seven successful great children on her own,” including his mother, Edie Hallberg.

Maribel Hernandez

The partner of Leo Campos, Maribel Hernandez was killed as the pair shopped, having dropped their dog off at the groomers.

Her brother, Al Hernandez, confirmed her death as well as Mr Campos’s. He said he knew something was wrong when he received a call from the groomers when they had not collected their dog.

Jorge Calvillo García

Jorge Calvillo García died shielding his granddaughter Emily from bullets, Jorge’s nephew, Raul Ortega, told KFOX14. Calvillo and Emily were raising funds for a soccer team that Calvillo coaches outside of the Walmart.

García was visiting his son Luis Calvillo, who was also shot and injured, and is from Torreón, Mexico, according to Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard.

Gloria Irma Marquez

Gloria’s death was confirmed by the Mexican consulate. She was one of the many victims who was in El Paso shopping from across the border in Ciudad Juárez.

Stay tuned as we update this list with additional information about the victims, their friends, and family as it becomes available.

If you would like to help the victims of this weekend’s deadly terror attacks, including the one directly targeting Latino victims in El Paso, please consider making a donation to Paso del Norte Community Foundation here. And if you’re in the El Paso area, please consider donating much-needed blood – Lyft will even give you a free roundtrip ride for the donation.

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Authorities Have Identified Gabriel Romero As The Person Who Killed Two People In The Pearl Harbor Shooting

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Authorities Have Identified Gabriel Romero As The Person Who Killed Two People In The Pearl Harbor Shooting

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All mass shootings are travesties. Whether they occur in a public place or a school, they always instill fear, sadness, and numbness mainly because they happen so often. When a shooting occurs on a military camp, it is just as daunting and debilitating because servicemen and servicewomen are there to protect and serve. Yet we also know they too suffer from an array of mental health issues simply because of their profession. The shooting at Pearl Harbor is another example of the gun violence crisis gripping this nation.

Officials have identified the U.S. sailor who killed two people and himself as 22-year-old Gabriel Romero. 

On Dec. 4 at around 2:30 p.m., authorities say that Romero began shooting at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. He shot three Department of Defense workers at the Dry Dock 2 on the base, the New York Post reports. Two of the victims, both males, were declared dead later at the hospital. 

One witness said he saw the shooter and assumed he was a sailor “because he was in a sailor uniform.” He also reports, according to the New York Post, that he recognized the sound as gunfire and also witnessed the shooter shoot himself.  The third victim is currently recovering at a local hospital. 

While all the victims were working on the base, they are considered civilians, not military.

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“These victims are not only dedicated [International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers] IFPTE union members, they are hard-working public servants who go to work each day to serve the taxpayers and our military forces. They are reflective of the thousands of workers at Pearl Harbor and elsewhere that go to work to earn a living and serve their nation,” the organization said, according to the Star Advertiser. “No worker should have to go to work without the expectation of safely returning to their family and loved ones.” One of the victims has been identified as 32-year-old Vincent Kapoi Jr., a local of Hawaii. The names of the other two victims have not been released. 

“We are saddened by this incident, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” Rear Adm. Robert Chadwick, Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, said in a statement posted on Facebook. “The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is a vital part of our Navy ohana, and we have generations of families who work there. Our security forces are working closely with agencies investigating this incident, and we are making counseling and other support available to those who need it after this tragedy.”

Officials have not reported a motive by the shooter. At the time of the shooting, Romero’s duty was to guard the USS Columbia, a Pearl Harbor-based submarine that was in the drydock for maintenance at the time.

According to the Navy Region Hawaii, Base security, Navy investigative services, and other agencies are investigating the incident. However, Hawaii News Now is reporting that Romero had been ordered to take anger management classes. The outlet says that Romero “was having disciplinary problems at work,” and was instructed to seek help for his anger issues. 

Rear Admiral Robert Chadwick, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, told reporters that he wasn’t sure if Romero knew the people he shot. Shipyard Commander Capt. Greg Burton did send a message to families of the victims, saying, “Looking ahead, we will honor the life and legacy of those lost,” Burton said, according to Hawaii News Now

“Even now, as we mourn the loss of members of our ”ohana, please take the opportunity to reconnect with each other and to reinforce and strengthen the bonds with each other.”

This Saturday marked the 78th anniversary of the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and elsewhere, including in San Diego.

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“We still owe a great debt to the greatest generation,” Scott McGaugh, the marketing director for the USS Midway Museum in San Diego, said to the San Diego Tribune. There are very few of them left. When we honor these kinds of days it reminds all of us that our nation can come together and unify for the greater good. That was certainly the case in World War II.”

On Dec.r 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor military base in Hawaii, killing  2,335 military servicemen and women, and 68 civilians.  It is unclear if the Saturday anniversary event at Pearl Harbor will pay respect to the people who died this week. 

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A Man In El Paso Has Been Charged With The Murder Of His Date After She Went Missing

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A Man In El Paso Has Been Charged With The Murder Of His Date After She Went Missing

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The family of a woman who had been declared missing since July has finally found tragic answers after El Paso police charged Ricardo Marquez, 28, with her murder. Erika Andrea Gaytan, 29, was reported missing by her family on July 16, who felt it was out-of-character for Gaytan to disappear and leave her 7-year-old son behind. Gaytan reportedly was last heard from after going to a concert at the El Paso County Coliseum on July 13 with Ricardo Marquez. Gaytan recorded the concert, featuring Los Rieleros del Norte, Polo Urias and La Maquinaria Norteña, from her social media last night, marking the last time anyone heard from her. Detectives say that the day after Gaytan’s disappearance, Marquez borrowed his brother’s car and his sister’s shovel. Gaytan’s blood was found in Marquez’s Jeep. In a statement released Wednesday, Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said that Gaytan’s “body has not been found, but based on forensic and other evidence gathered over the course of the investigation detectives have reason to believe that she is deceased and was the victim of a murder.”

Police believe Marquez used zip-ties to restrain Gaytan in his home, where he murdered her.

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Marquez was brought in for questioning following Gaytan’s disappearance, where he told detectives that she came home with him, but used a ride-hailing app to leave after they got into a verbal argument. Detectives found no evidence that Gaytan used her ride-hailing apps, discrediting Marquez’s statement. According to a court affidavit, Marquez continued to give conflicting statements about his experience with Gaytan, and his whereabouts the following day, when speaking with law enforcement and family and friends alike. 

Marquez allegedly spent the next day covering up his crime.

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Investigators then looked into Marquez’s phone records, which showed that he had texted his brother and sister the next morning. He asked his brother if he could borrow his all-wheel-drive Jeep Wrangler, and picked up a shovel from his sister. Surveillance video evidence creates a timeline for Marquez’s alleged cover-up. He borrowed a shovel from his sister around 11:25 a.m. the following morning, and then went to his brother’s house to pick up the Jeep. He spent about an hour with his brother before being spotted on the 13900 block of Montana in east El Paso, driving toward the Redlands desert area. An hour later, the Jeep was spotted again, driving back to his brother’s house around 1:39 p.m., according to the affidavit that was issued for his arrest. With a search warrant in hand, a Department of Public Safety DNA lab-tested Marquez’s brother’s Jeep trunk floor mat, which came back positive for traces of Gaytan’s blood. Police believe Marquez transported Gaytan’s body in the trunk of his brother’s car, and buried her in an unknown area in the desert.

Court documents cite that a search of Marquez’s home produced the shovel he borrowed from his sister, a pair of shoes filled with sand, and zip-ties “tied in a manner to be used as restraints.” Detectives have concluded that “Ricardo Marquez murdered the victim in his residence, used the Jeep to transport the body of the victim to an unknown location only accessible by off-road vehicles, and that he used the shovel to bury the body.”

The El Paso community is shocked to hear of Gaytan’s murder.

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“Too many tragedies as of late,” commented Melissa Arredondo on the El Paso Police Department’s Facebook announcement of the arrest. “Dang… And the report says he buried her near Redlands. That place is so cursed. My friend’s dad just died there. It will never be the same,” commented another member of the community. Others remain hopeful in demanding that the police find Gaytan’s body before assuming her death. “Too many questions remain,” commented another concerned El Paso citizen.

Gaytan was facing a court hearing for criminal mischief when she disappeared, but her family couldn’t believe that she would leave her son behind without warning. Gaytan once appeared on El Paso’s Most Wanted List in 2017 before she was charged 66 charges of credit abuse in a criminal mischief case.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and detectives are relying on the public for more information. If you have information on the case or Ricardo Marquez, call (915) 212-4040 or Crime Stoppers of El Paso at (915) 566-8477.

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