Ceremonies for El Paso shooting anniversary shaped by virus

Ceremonies for El Paso shooting anniversary shaped by virus

EL PASO, Texas — Twenty-three pillars of light shot into a cloudy El Paso sky to commemorate the lives lost during a shooting that targeted Mexicans at a Walmart one year ago — a memorial visible from both sides of the US-Mexico border.

The white beams stood out against the orange glow of the border lights Sunday night as people lit paper lanterns and played music in a park in a ceremony marking a year since the attack. There was a service for the families of the victims, but the gathering was closed to the public.

Events to commemorate the shooting in El Paso, and another hours later that killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, have been reshaped by the coronavirus. The pandemic has added peril to the kind of gatherings that would have otherwise marked the grim anniversary, but did not stop the largely Hispanic city of 700,000 from showing unity.

On Monday, the Walmart where the shooting took place delayed opening until noon. Residents and store employees wearing masks laid flowers and lit candles at a monument. Mourners observed a moment of silence at 10:39 a.m. — the same time that the first call came to police about the shooting, according to the El Paso Times.

A group, some dressed as Aztec dancers and others wearing masks, then walked from that memorial to the site of an older one carrying 23 crosses. Fernando Garcia, whose group helped organize the march, told the paper it was demonstration against racism, xenophobia and white supremacy. After sundown, a star of lights is set to flash once for each of the victims on the mountains that overlook the city.

The Associated Press

Mass shootings

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

John Horgan calls an election in British Columbia for Oct. 24

Opposition leaders question the need for an election during the pandemic

Pleasant start to autumn

Above average temperature for the week

Horgan meets Lt.-Gov. amid B.C. election speculation

VICTORIA — B.C. Premier John Horgan is meeting with Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin… Continue reading

An attempted murder charge against an O’Chiese man was dropped by a Red Deer court

Quentin Stawberry pleaded guilty to two other, lesser charges

Five students at University of Alberta residence test positive for COVID-19

The university is shutting down in-person varsity athletics for the next two weeks

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Pandemic means premiers are no longer in limelight

The ‘resistance’ isn’t exactly futile, but it isn’t Trudeau’s biggest problem any more

Reg Warkentin: Our schools deserve top marks

The education and development of our kids is the most important asset our province has

Chase Claypool sets Canadian NFL record with 84-yard touchdown reception

Longest touch down from scrimmage in league history by a Canadian-born player

Shapovalov loses to Schwartzman in Italian Open semifinals

Schwartzman will play world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

Quirky Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’ takes Emmys by storm with comedy sweep

First time Canadian show wins Emmy for best comedy series

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

The 2020 Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., will be held as a special hybrid event

New tools, ideas needed to speed up housing strategy funding, CMHC president says

Slow turnaround time on some of its national housing strategy programs

Most Read