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These Parents Dropped Off Their Daughter At Cheer Practice To Go Back-To-School Shopping, Now Their Three Kids Are Orphans After The El Paso Shooting

Alleged white supremacist Patrick Crusius drove hours to get to the border town of El Paso, Texas, where he opened fire at a Walmart and killed 22 people. Two of his victims were newlyweds Jordan and Andre Anchondo. The two had just dropped off their daughter, Skylar Grace, off at cheerleading practice and went to Walmart with their two-month-old son, Paul, to buy school supplies. 

Jordan used her body to shield her son, Paul, who was grazed by a bullet, but survived. As his mother’s body fell on top of him, he broke two fingers. 

Jordan’s sister knows that baby Paul “pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

Credit: Andre Anchondo / Facebook

CBS News met with Jordan’s sister, Leta Jamrowski, in the waiting room at the University Medical Center of El Paso. She was waiting for her baby nephew, Paul, to receive treatment for his broken fingers. “From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” she told CBS. “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.”

The day after Jordan died, her new husband, Andre, was pronounced dead.

Credit: Tito Anchondo / Facebook

The family had been left in an agonizing wait to find out if Andre would survive–if their three children would be orphaned or not. At 6:33 p.m., Andre’s brother, Tito, wrote on Facebook, “It’s official……he’s gone.”

A survivor of the shooting told Tito that Andre tried to grab the gun away from the shooter.

Credit: Jordan Jamrowski / Facebook

Jordan was holding Paul. The witness said that Andre essentially tried to fight off the shooter, but was met with a hail of bullets.

As Andre’s father mourns the loss of his son, he shared this poster his son made when he was a child, which he keeps on his wall to this day.

Credit: @CBS11Andrea / Twitter

The poster, which Andre’s dad has preserved framed, reads, “A different kind of hero…My dad.” Paul will not make those memories of cooking “delicious food” and seeing his father volunteer at his school. Still, Paul will always know that his papa was “a different kind of hero.” It’s in the family blood, shed far too soon.

The two had just celebrated their one year wedding anniversary three days earlier.

Credit: Andre Anchondo / Facebook

Andre’s Facebook bio reads “Proud husband and Father. July 30 2018 ????????????God is my savior. ???????? born and raised.????️‍♂️♋” He had just started his own business, “Andre House of Granite and Stone,” and the day before asked for his friends and family to give his business page a five star rating on Facebook. They didn’t imagine this future for themselves. They didn’t plan to leave three children behind.

Their oldest child, Skylar Rose, is about to turn six years old.

Credit: Jordan Jamrowski / Facebook

You can help their family with funeral expenses and the expenses of three young, traumatized children who have lost all the stability and financial security in their lives by donating to a GoFundMe. Andre’s brother, Tito, shared that he has “been getting so many messages of people wanting to help and i’m writing this post for those that want to help and all the platforms that are available.”

Share the GoFundMe link with your friends and family if you can’t make a contribution yourself. 

 So far, a total of $47,000 has been raised for their three orphaned children.

Credit: @KateBieri / Twitter

The GoFundMe comments alone are heartbreaking: 

“He was a fine man killed by hatred originating from the very top of our country,” reads one comment on GoFundMe.

“My heart is so heavy for all of the victims, and especially for these 3 beautiful children that lost both of their parents in the same day. Rest In Power, Jordan and Andre,” reads another comment.

“Deeply saddened of this tragic event. I’ve known Andre since middle school and he was always the most funniest person, always full of life and love,” reads another comment on GoFundMe. “My dearest condolences to him and his wife, Jordan. May they rest easy as two beautiful angels in the sky watching over their three beautiful children. Prayers for the Anchondo and Jamrowski family.”

You can also donate physical items like diapers, blankets, clothes, and school supplies if you’re local to El Paso.

Credit: @CherneyAmharaTV / Twitter

They will be accepting donations at 120 N. Piedras Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No amount of school supplies will repair the tragedy and loss that this family experienced, simply trying to buy school supplies for their kids, but every bit will help.

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