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The City of Las Cruces observed a moment of silence at the beginning of this afternoon's regular City Council meeting to honor and remember those who needlessly lost their lives in an El Paso Walmart one year ago.
At the meeting's start, Mayor Ken Miyagishima announced that trees around City Hall would be dressed with orange ribbons (which bring awareness to gun violence prevention), and that luminarias at City Hall would be lit to honor each of the victims who were shot on August 3, 2019, and subsequently died from their wounds. Police say the victims were killed by a 23-year-old man who they say was a carrying out an attack on persons of Mexican descent.
"El Pasoans are our family, our friends, our neighbors. We hurt when they hurt," said Mayor Ken Miyagishima. "Racism has no place here in Las Cruces and we stand together with those in El Paso against this hatred and against gun violence."
The City of Las Cruces remembers those who lost their lives and offers condolences to the families of: Jordan Anchondo, Andre Pablo Anchondo, Arturo Benavidez, Leonardo Campos Jr., Maribel Campos, David Alvah Johnson, Maria Eugencia Legarreta Roth, Ivan Filiberto Manzano, Gloria Irma Márquez, Sara Ester Regalado Moriel, Adolfo Cerros Hernandez, Javier Amir Rodriguez, Elsa Mendoza de la Mora, Angelina Silva Englisbee, Juan de Dios Veláquez Chairez, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, Maria Flores, Raul Flores, Margie Reckard, Alexander Gerhard Hoffman, Teresa Sanchez, Luis Alfonzo Juarez, and Guillermo "Memo" Garcia.