Congresswoman Escobar Statement on the One-Year Anniversary of the Attack Against El Paso
El Paso, TX, August 3, 2020
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the domestic terrorist attack that killed 23 and injured 22 at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas:
“One year ago, our community and the nation were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of domestic terrorism fueled by racism and xenophobia that killed 23 beautiful souls, injured 22, and devasted all of us.
“Today will be painful for El Pasoans, especially for the survivors and the loved ones of those who were killed, but as we grieve and heal together apart, we must continue to face hate with love and confront xenophobia by treating the stranger with dignity and hospitality.
“El Paso families have the right to live free from fear, and I will continue to honor the victims and survivors with action; fighting to end the gun violence and hate epidemics that plague our nation.”
In memory of André Pablo Anchondo, Jordan Kae Anchondo, Arturo Benavides, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, Leonardo Campos Jr., Maribel Hernandez-Loya, Adolfo Cerros Hernández, Sara Esther Regalado Monreal, Guillermo "Coach Memo" Garcia, Angelina Silva Englisbee, Maria Muñoz Flores, Raul Estrada Flores, Gerhard Alexander Hoffmann, David Alvah Johnson, Luis Alfonso Juarez, Maria Eugenia Legarreta Rothe, Ivan Manzano, Gloria Irma Marquez, Elsa L. Mendoza, Margie Reckard, Javier Amir Rodriguez, Teresa Trinidad Sanchez Guerra, and Juan De Dios Velazquez.