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Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune

State Sen. José Rodríguez, an El Paso Democrat, announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to the upper chamber in 2020.

Rodriguez informed El Paso colleagues of his decision in a text late Thursday night that was obtained by The Texas Tribune. He made the announcement official at his district office.

Associated Press

In El Paso, a grand jury indicted the alleged gunman who killed 22 people at a local Walmart. The North Texas man is charged with capital murder.

Jesus Rosales for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that “mistakes were made” in his fundraising letter that used alarmist language in calling to “DEFEND” the Texas border and was dated one day before a deadly shooting that targeted Hispanics in El Paso.

Plano Independent School District

A Dallas-area district where the El Paso shooting suspect graduated from high school announced Friday that it has reinstated a September football game with an El Paso school that the district had cancelled for fear that extremists would use it as a platform to get attention.

Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump administration.

Associated Press

Leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border told thousands of people gathered in a baseball stadium in El Paso Wednesday that love will triumph over hatred in the wake of a mass shooting by a man who authorities believe targeted Mexicans at a Walmart store in the Texas border city.

Antonio Basco's wife of 22 years was killed in the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart this month, and her passing means that Basco has no relatives left.

Basco, who runs a mobile car wash business in El Paso, told the funeral home planning the service for his late spouse, Margie Reckard, that he wanted to invite members of the public to attend her visitation.

Since then, the funeral home has been inundated with support from people who never knew Basco or his wife.

Associated Press

Leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border will gather in El Paso Wednesday night to memorialize the 22 people killed this month when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the Texas border city.

Many El Pasoans are grieving through their own spiritual and religious traditions following the mass shooting at a Walmart that killed 22 people on Aug. 3. 

A memorial outside the store first began as a few flowers and candles but has grown into a massive display of community support. Dozens of posters line the fence above hundreds of religious candles and people continue to share their own methods of comfort. 

Africans In Juárez: The Migration Mosaic Expands

Aug 12, 2019

From Texas Standard:

The city of Juárez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, has long been a migrant gateway to the U.S. Between Oct. 29, 2018 and Aug. 2, 2019, 17,778 people have come to Juárez to try and apply for political asylum in the United States, says Enrique Valenzuela, director of Ciudad Juárez’s Centro de Atención a Migrantes, a migrant transition agency of the Chihuahua state government.

Mallory Falk / KERA News

On Monday, nearly 60,000 public school students in El Paso will start the school year amid an air of mourning, fear and resilience.

The first day of school in El Paso's largest district comes more than a week after a mass shooting at a local Walmart left 22 people dead. According to a police affidavit, the suspect charged in the attack later said he had intentionally targeted "Mexicans."

Associated Press

Families of those killed when a gunman opened fire at an El Paso Walmart are gathering at funerals on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border to remember loved ones whose lives told the story of the vibrant region.

Associated Press

As funerals were held Thursday in Mexico for some of the country's citizens who died in the El Paso shooting, a lawyer for the suspected gunman's family said they never heard him express racist views.

The massacre in El Paso sent shockwaves across the country, and especially throughout the Rio Grande Valley. People in McAllen held a vigil on Wednesday to honor their fellow border city hundreds of miles away. At the event they expressed defiance and sadness. But they also expressed fear — fear that what happened in El Paso could someday happen to them.


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After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church in Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with their eyes on new gun laws.

The goal was not to limit access to weapons or ban assault-style rifles, but to expand gun rights. 

Associated Press

An attorney for the family of the man charged in the El Paso Walmart shooting rampage says the man's mother contacted police weeks before the rampage out of concern that her son had a rifle.

Robert Evans is the manager of the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso. He was on duty on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 3, when he saw a man raise a weapon and shoot dozens of people, ultimately killing 22. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider spoke with Evans on the sidelines of an El Paso Chihuahuas baseball game. It was the Minor League team’s first home game since the tragedy.

Warning: This conversation contains graphic descriptions of violence.

Schneider: What can you tell us about what you remember of the day of the attack?

Stella Chávez / KERA News

The makeshift memorial attracts visitors who come to mourn and remember the 22 people who were killed at the nearby shopping complex. Signs of support include flowers and stuffed animals, candles, crosses and religious items.

Did 8chan Radicalize Mass Shooters?

Aug 7, 2019

Before the mass shootings in El Paso, the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand and the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego, the alleged shooters each posted racist manifestos on the same online forum – 8chan.

Associated Press

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the University Medical Center of El Paso, visiting with survivors of the weekend shooting that killed 22 people.

Updated on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. CST

Community members gathered for a vigil in El Paso on Monday night to honor the youngest victim of the mass shooting at a Walmart store on Saturday.

Dozens and dozens of people waited for hours at the Texas Capitol building to give blood during a donation drive Monday. The We Are Blood event was inspired by the need for blood in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, even though the blood donated here will stay in this area.

Associated Press

Like most retailers, Walmart is accustomed to the everyday dealings of shoplifters. Now, it's confronting a bigger threat: active shooters.

Three days after a man opened fire at one of its stores in El Paso and left at least 22 dead , the nation's largest retailer is faced with how to make its workers and customers feel safe.

Associated Press

A survivor of last weekend's mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso says his 15-year-old nephew was fatally shot as they tried taking cover in the store.

A mural by Manuel Oliver included a portrait of his son, Joaquin, was one of the 14 students killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. That location near the border was chosen because Joaquin advocated for immigrants' welfare.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

The family of a victim from last year’s mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, happened to be in El Paso on Sunday to unveil a mural in honor of their late son, the day after a gunman killed 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others inside a local Walmart.

Greg Zanis prepares crosses to place at a makeshift memorial for victims of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
Associated Press

Mexico's government said it considers a shooting at a crowded department store in El Paso, Texas that left eight of its citizens dead an "act of terrorism" against Mexicans and hopes it will lead to changes in U.S. gun laws.

Maylin Reyes hangs a Mexican flag at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
Associated Press

El Paso's weekend massacre claimed more lives than the number of murders in the border city just two years ago. And the possibility that Trump would visit in the wake of such tragedy unnerved some residents who said his divisive words are partly to blame. 

People attend a vigil for victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a shopping complex Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, in El Paso, Texas.
Associated Press

Here is what we know so far about some of the 22 killed and more than two dozen injured Saturday morning at a Walmart in El Paso.

Associated Press

Manuel Oliver has traveled the U.S. vowing that his son won't be forgotten after he was killed in the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Associated Press

President Donald Trump has denounced two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas, saying "hate has no place in our country."

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