El Paso's Path to Healing After Tragic Shooting
EL PASO STRONG
When 21-year-old Patrick Crusius went into a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, last Saturday and opened fire, killing 22 people and injuring more than 20 others, he shook this community and the entire country.
IN OUR THOUGHTS
Flowers, candles and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe are seen at a makeshift memorial outside Walmart, near the scene of the shooting.
Members of the community gathered to pray for the victims, which included mother of three Jordan Anchondo, 25, who reportedly died shielding her 2-month-old baby from bullets.
REST IN PEACE
A photo of 15-year-old victim Javier Rodriguez (seen here with friends) adorns the memorial of the Cielo Vista Mall where the shooting took place.
IN LOVING MEMORY
Adolfo Hernandez and Sari Regalado also lost their lives at the Walmart store.
UNITED WE STAND
El Paso residents have come together. Besides holding vigils, people have donated blood, and the El Paso Community Foundation has raised nearly $1 million for the families of victims, TIME reports.
KEEPING THE FAITH
People attend a candlelight prayer vigil outside Immanuel Baptist Church, near the scene of the tragedy.
Less than 24 hours after the El Paso shooting, nine people were killed and 26 were injured when Connor Betts, 24, opened fire on the streets of a popular nightlife area in Dayton, Ohio. The recent shootings have put the spotlight on the issue of gun reform.
Gun control advocates participated in a candlelight vigil to honor the victims outside of the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
Sixth grader Ruben Martinez created the now viral #ElPasoChallenge, which asks each person in El Paso to do 22 good deeds for others — one for each of the victims shot and killed by Crusius, indentified as a white supremacist. Ruben wrote a list of kind acts —such as mowing someone's lawn, visiting a nursing home or paying for someone's lunch — as actions to help his community heal.