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What we know about the victims of the El Paso shooting

This report is being updated as new information comes in.

Children, parents fundraising for their kids’ teams and back-to-school shoppers were among the 22 dead and many wounded when a gunman opened fire Saturday morning at an El Paso Walmart.

The victims’ names began to trickle out late Saturday and in the days after the shooting, one of the deadliest in Texas history. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, has been booked on capital murder charges.

On Monday evening, police released a list of the people who were killed. The provided names and ages differ in some cases from other sources’ previously released reports.

Police said 13 U.S. citizens, seven Mexican citizens and one German citizen died in the attack, along with one person whose citizenship hasn’t been determined.

Most of the wounded were taken to two El Paso hospitals: Del Sol Medical Center and University Medical Center of El Paso. Two children were later transported to El Paso Children’s Hospital. Fifteen patients remained hospitalized Monday, with two in critical condition, police said.

Here is a look at the victims who have been identified:

Jordan and Andre Pablo Anchondo

Jordan Anchondo, 24, and her husband, Andre Pablo Anchondo, 23, were fatally shot while shopping for back-to-school supplies, her sister Leta Jamrowski said.

Jordan Anchondo, a mother of three, was probably shot while she was shielding her 2-month-old son from the gunfire, her sister said. The baby was treated Saturday at University Medical Center for broken bones.

“When she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones,” Jamrowski said. “So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”

 

 

Anchondo’s friend, Benjamin Thompson, said the two had recently rekindled their friendship and that he had “just finished building a home for his family (with his own two hands nonetheless.)”

Thompson, who had not met his friend’s wife, said that from what he’d heard about Jordan Anchondo she seemed to be a “happy and family-fueled mother.”

The Anchondos married a little more than a year ago, and Thompson said Andre Anchondo was thrilled when he found out his wife was pregnant with a son.

“There was no happier moment in his life and you could tell,” Thompson said. “What happened to their new beautiful family is devastating.”

Arturo Benavidez 

Relatives of Arturo Benavidez announced Sunday morning on social media that he was one of the 20 people killed in the shooting.

Benavidez, 60, was at the self-checkout in Walmart when the shooting started. His wife, Patty, was sitting nearby but got separated in the chaos.

Family members said Benavidez was a veteran.

Alyssa Lozoya, a cousin, said Arturo and Patty Benavidez went to the Walmart after church every Sunday but had decided to go Saturday this week instead.

“This is a tragedy for America and our bordering country of Mexico,” Lozoya said.

Javier Rodriguez, a 15-year-old who enjoyed video games and playing soccer, was killed in the shooting, according to a Facebook post by his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez.

An uncle of Javier’s, Octavio Lizarde, 23, was shot in his right foot and is in stable condition at Del Sol, according to a relative.

Octavio’s mother, Dora Lizarde, said the pair were shopping for groceries when the shooter opened fire. She said Octavio embraced his nephew to protect him, but the gunman turned around and fatally shot the teenager.

Dora Lizarde said Javier was going to move into her house to start his sophomore year at a new high school.

“That’s how close he was to us,” she said.

Photo of Javier Amir Rodriguez (second from left) left near a cross with his name on it at a makeshift memorial for victims at a shopping complex near the Walmart of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. (Vernon Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Photo of Javier Amir Rodriguez (second from left) left near a cross with his name on it at a makeshift memorial for victims at a shopping complex near the Walmart of a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas on Tuesday, August 6, 2019.
(Vernon Bryant/Staff Photographer)

Leonard Cipeda Campos and Maribel Hernandez

The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District confirmed the death of Leo Campos, 41, and his wife, Maribel Hernandez on Sunday.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences for his family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Leo Campos,” the Facebook post stated.

School Board President Jesse Zambrano said Campos, who graduated from a district school in 1996, was “a great athlete and friend to many” while in high school. Zambrano said Campos was a “role model to many athletes that looked up to him, including me.”

Maribel Hernandez’s brother Al Hernandez told KFOX-TV the couple had left their dog at a groomer’s before heading to Walmart.

When they learned of the shooting, family members tried calling the couple but didn’t hear back. A relative later tracked their phones by GPS to inside the Walmart.

David Campos said his brother had recently returned to college to complete his degree. He said the couple had been together for about two decades and were “just really welcoming and friendly.”

“Everybody says that as soon as you meet them, it’s like you’ve known them forever,” he said.

El Paso police have identified one victim as 56-year-old Maribel Loya. It’s unclear whether she is the same woman as identified Sunday.

David Alvah Johnson

David Alvah Johnson, 63, died protecting his wife and granddaughter, his niece said on Facebook.

In a post on Facebook, Maria Mia Madera wrote that her uncle hid his wife and 9-year-old granddaughter and that his body was found surrounded by three gun shells.

“He protected them from that murderer. And worked as a shield,” Madera wrote. “If he hadn’t have been there, they wouldn’t have made it. We all cry for your loss.”

Sara Esther Regaldo Moriel and Adolfo Cerros Hernandez

Sara Esther Regaldo Moriel, 66, and Adolfo Cerros Hernández, 68, were among the seven Mexican nationals killed in the shooting.

The couple’s daughter, Sandra Ivonne Cerros, said on Facebook that she and her family were devastated by their deaths.

“These have been very difficult hours,” she said. “Right now we are together and dealing with our pain.”

Elsa Mendoza de la Mora

Elsa Mendoza de la Mora was a special education teacher in Ciudad Juárez. She was in shopping inside the store when the shooting began, while her husband and son waited in the parking lot, according to Mexican newspapers.

El Paso police have identified one victim as 57-year-old Elsa Libera Marquez. It’s unclear whether she is the same woman who was identified in Mexican newspapers.

Maria Eugenia Legarrega Rothe

Maria Eugenia Legarrega Rothe, 58, was on her way to pick up her daughter from the El Paso airport, before stopping at the Cielo Vista Walmart, according to Mexican media outlet Telediario Juárez.

Juan de Dios Velazquez

Juan Velazquez and his wife, Nicholasa Velazquez, were at the Walmart parking lot when the gunman opened fire, a daughter of the couple said.

The daughter, Linda, asked The News to withhold her last name to protect her personal safety.

Juan Velazquez, 77, died Monday morning from gunshot wounds to his abdomen, which caused severe damage to his kidneys and intestines, Linda said.

Her father was a naturalized American citizen born in Mexico.
Nicholasa Velazquez, who remains in stable condition al Del Sol, called Linda right after the gunman opened fire in the lot while the couple tried to find a parking spot. A bystander helped them get to an ambulance, the daughter said.

“I thought they were in Juarez, that they had been assaulted,” Linda said.

The couple had moved to El Paso about six years ago after living in Colorado for decades. His daughter said Juan Velazquez had chose El Paso trying to avoid crime in Ciudad Juarez.

“He was running away from violence, and look what happened to him,” Linda said.

Margie Reckard

El Paso shooting victim Margie Reckard, 63, was “an angel” to Antonio Basco, her husband of more than two decades.

Basco told KFOX-TV that he and Reckard were together for 22 years, and her kindness and selflessness were incomparable.

“I mean you didn’t even have to be there to talk to her. You could just look at how she was, how she acted, how she presented herself. She was an awesome lady,” he said. “You see Margie, more or less, was the brains of the family.”

Basco said he and Reckard knew there was something between them as soon as they met, and their life together was like something out of a fairy tale. Reckard was the strong one, he said, and she’s “going to be missed a lot.”

“We were gonna live together and die together,” he said. “That was our plan.”

Raul and Maria Flores

Raul and Maria Flores, who had been married for 60 years, had gone to Walmart to buy airbeds for relatives who were expected to come to town for Raul Flores’ heart surgery.

Their oldest son, Raul Flores Jr., told The Washington Post he took comfort in knowing they were together when they died, even though they didn’t deserve to go that way.

“I tell myself, maybe it’s the Lord’s way of doing it,” Flores said. “Maybe He knew my father wasn’t going to make it during the surgery, and maybe He knew that if anything happened to my father, my mother would be destroyed. Maybe that’s why He decided to take them together.”

Both born in Mexico, the couple settled east of Los Angeles to raise their family and retired to El Paso about two decades ago.

Ivan Hilierto Manzano

Ivan Manzano, 46, had a 5-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. He was from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and ran a business that supplies orthopedic implants.

His wife, Adriana Manzano, learned from the FBI that he was killed in the shooting in the Walmart. She traveled to the Mexican consulate in El Paso on Monday to repatriate her husband’s body, and said he was known by everyone as friendly, calm — “very practical.”

Adriana Manzano said she has told her children only that their father had died in an “accident,” believing that giving a full explanation might generate resentments.

A relative in Ciudad Juarez who asked not to be named because extended family was not speaking to the press described Manzano as a loving son and father. The relative said that after Manzano’s mother had a heart attack in April and required surgery, he practically moved in with her to monitor her progress.

The relative said that on Saturday, Manzano and a friend had crossed the border to shop in El Paso.

Angelina Silva-Elisbee

Angie Englisbee, 86, loved to watch sports and General Hospital on television, but a relative said it was her children and religious faith that drew her ultimate devotion.

In a tribute on his Facebook page, Jacob Hallberg wrote that his grandmother was widowed at an early age and raised seven children on her own.

“Working numerous jobs at the same time to feed her family, life was hard. Through her hard work her children all became strong but extremely caring and compassionate and productive members of our community,” he wrote.

Hallberg described Silva-Elisbee as praying daily, attending mass regularly at her Roman Catholic church and always being ready for company.

“She made the very best red beans and rice and red chili pozole. She always had a hot pot of fresh coffee for her visitors and a quick meal,” he wrote.

Other victims

Following are additional names released by El Paso police and Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard, but no further information has been released about them yet.

— Alexander Gerhard Hoffman, 66

— Luis Alfonzo Juarez, 90

— Jorge Calvillo García, 61

— Gloria Irma Márquez, 61

— Teresa Sanchez, 82

Ebrard said the Mexican nationals who were killed were from several cities in Mexico, including Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua, just across the border from El Paso.

Injured victims

Mario de Alba Montes, Olivia Mariscal Rodríguez, Erika de Alba Mariscal

Three of the seven Mexican nationals injured in the shooting were identified as Mario de Alba Montes, 45; his wife, Olivia Mariscal Rodríguez, 44; and daughter, Erika de Alba Mariscal, 10.

Mario de Alba Montes had come from Chihuahua to El Paso with his family to buy school supplies. He was in serious condition Sunday after being shot in the back. The bullet exited through his diaphragm.

His wife and daughter appeared to be recovering, said his sister, Cristina de Alba. She described her brother as an “excellent father” and a “decent, hardworking person.”

Jessica Coca Garcia and Memo Garcia

Jessica Coca Garcia and her husband, Memo Garcia, were near the front doors of the Walmart raising money for their child’s sports team when they were shot, a relative said.

Norma Coca told KWCH-TV that her daughter Jessica was shot in the leg three times and is in stable condition. Memo Garcia was shot twice in the leg and once in the back and is in critical condition.

The couple’s 5-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter were inside the Walmart at the time and were not injured.

The Facebook page for Don Coca, Jessica Coca Garcia’s father, shows a post thanking friends and family for prayers and comments, “especially everyone” who helped his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

Maribel Saenzpardo

Maribel Saenzpardo was shot while fundraising and was in stable condition, April Telles-Garcia said Sunday.

She said the group of parents’ lives revolve around their children.

“They are so dedicated to their kids,” Telles-Garcia said. “They are so dedicated to their teams.”

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