Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attended the memorial service in El Paso, Texas, on Wed., Aug. 14, 2019.
City of El Paso, Texas
The El Paso, Texas, community held a memorial service Wednesday at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. The event came nearly two weeks after a gunman massacred 22 people and wounded more than two dozen others at a Walmart.
The city described the event as “a memorial gathering for our region to unite in support of those injured and mourn those who have lost their lives.”
Meanwhile, authorities in El Paso say they have finished processing the scene at the Walmart and El Paso police said they will return control of the property to Walmart. Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins said the store remains a “secure location with controlled access.” She said a fence will remain around the store’s perimeter and that Walmart is using contracted security guards to prevent trespassing.
The city opened a center to help people with everything from counseling and financial assistance to figuring out how to get vehicles back after the Aug. 3 shooting.
Police say Patrick Crusius, 21, was targeting Mexicans when he carried out the shooting. He has been charged with capital murder.
El Paso suspect claims he was targeting Mexicans in deadly massacre