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USA: El Paso mourns Walmart mass shooting victims in memorial ceremony

United States, El Paso
August 15, 2019 at 14:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of citizens gathered at Southwest University Park in El Paso on Wednesday, to honour the 22 people killed by a gunman at a local Walmart store on August 3.

People wore "El Paso Strong" shirts and stood silent as local and Mexican authorities gave their speech, inside the baseball stadium where nine circles and twenty-two stars formed by luminaries lightened up the field.

Mexican government representatives, including governor of neighbouring state Chihuahua Javier Corral Jurado and the mayor of Ciudad Juarez, took part in the ceremony alongside Republican Governor

Greg Abbott, who announced the creation of a domestic task force to prevent internal terrorism in Texas.

"It's urgent to get on our trenches in the defense of human rights and demand a stop to the racist narrative against migrants that has caused so much damage to innocent people", warned Jurado, speaking to the attendees.

The memorial ceremony was held eleven days after the mass shooting which, according to police, was targeted at the Latino population of the heavily Hispanic city. Just thirteen hours later another shooting took place in the city of Dayton, leaving nine killed.

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Thousands of citizens gathered at Southwest University Park in El Paso on Wednesday, to honour the 22 people killed by a gunman at a local Walmart store on August 3.

People wore "El Paso Strong" shirts and stood silent as local and Mexican authorities gave their speech, inside the baseball stadium where nine circles and twenty-two stars formed by luminaries lightened up the field.

Mexican government representatives, including governor of neighbouring state Chihuahua Javier Corral Jurado and the mayor of Ciudad Juarez, took part in the ceremony alongside Republican Governor

Greg Abbott, who announced the creation of a domestic task force to prevent internal terrorism in Texas.

"It's urgent to get on our trenches in the defense of human rights and demand a stop to the racist narrative against migrants that has caused so much damage to innocent people", warned Jurado, speaking to the attendees.

The memorial ceremony was held eleven days after the mass shooting which, according to police, was targeted at the Latino population of the heavily Hispanic city. Just thirteen hours later another shooting took place in the city of Dayton, leaving nine killed.

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