Morgan Lee and Amy Guthrie , The Related Press
Revealed Sunday, August 4, 2019 10:55AM EDT
Within the border city of El Paso, Texas, a shooter opened hearth and left 20 folks lifeless and greater than two dozen injured. Hours later in Dayton, Ohio, a shooter killed 9 folks and injured a minimum of 27 others.
Listed below are a few of their tales:
JORDAN ANCHONDO: ‘GAVE HER LIFE’ FOR HER BABY
Jordan Anchondo was amongst these killed in El Paso, Anchondo’s sister stated, and he or she apparently died whereas defending her 2-month-old son from the hail of bullets.
Leta Jamrowski of El Paso spoke to The Related Press as she paced a ready room on the College Medical Heart of El Paso, the place her 2-month-old nephew was being handled for damaged bones — the results of his mom’s fall.
“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” she stated. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”
Jordan, a mom of three, and Andre Anchondo had dropped off their 5-year outdated daughter at cheerleading apply earlier than going to buy college provides on Saturday at a Walmart in El Paso. They by no means returned.
Andre Anchondo remained unaccounted for. Our bodies of victims have been nonetheless within the Walmart on Sunday.
NICHOLAS CUMER: HAD HELPED CANCER PATIENTS
A graduate pupil at a college in Pennsylvania who was interning with a Dayton facility for folks battling most cancers was amongst these killed within the Ohio metropolis early Sunday.
Nicholas Cumer was a graduate pupil within the grasp of most cancers care program at Saint Francis College.
“Nicholas was dedicated to caring for others,” college President Malachi Van Tassell stated in an announcement. The college, in Loretto, Pennsylvania, is the oldest Franciscan establishment of upper studying in america.
Cumer had been in Dayton as a part of his internship program with the Maple Tree Most cancers Alliance, which strives to enhance the standard of life for people battling most cancers by way of train, vitamin, and religion.
Van Tassell stated a Mass in Cumer’s reminiscence will likely be organized on campus this week.
LOIS OGLESBY: A NURSING STUDENT WHO WANTED TO CARE FOR CHILDREN
Lois Oglesby, 27, was in nursing college and regarded ahead to a profession that might benefit from her love for youngsters, her cousin stated. She was additionally the mom of a new child and had an older daughter.
Derasha Merrett informed the Dayton Each day Information that she was up feeding her personal new child when a good friend known as her at three a.m. Sunday to inform her, by way of sobs, that Oglesby had died within the Dayton taking pictures.
She was a beautiful mom, a beautiful individual,” Merrett said. “I have cried a lot, I cannot cry anymore.”
Merrett stated she and her cousin grew up in the identical church, have been on the identical drill crew and that Oglesby labored at her kids’s day care centre.
“All of us grew up on this little city, Merrett stated. “We’re all family.”
JESSICA COCA GARCIA and MEMO GARCIA: FUNDRAISING FOR KIDS’ SPORTS TEAM
Jessica Coca Garcia and Memo Garcia have been on the Walmart in El Paso to boost funds for a youth sports activities crew one among their kids performed on when a gunman opened hearth, wounding them, a relative says.
Norma Coca informed Wichita, Kansas-television station KWCH that her daughter and son-in-law have been close to the entrance doorways of the Walmart once they have been shot.
Coca, who lives in Salina, Kansas, stated her daughter, Jessica Coca Garcia, was shot 3 times within the leg. She says her son-in-law, Memo Garcia, was shot twice within the leg and as soon as within the again. She stated her daughter was in secure situation and her son-in-law was in crucial situation.
Jessica Coca Garcia’s father, Don Coca, stated they’ve household within the El Paso space who have been capable of be with the couple. Don Coca says: “She was just crying … I told her that our prayers are there and we’re on our way.”
The couple’s 5-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter have been additionally on the Walmart and weren’t shot.
MARIO DE ALBA: A WOUNDED FATHER
Mario de Alba, 45, had come to El Paso along with his household from Mexico to buy groceries.
Described by his sister Cristina de Alba as an “excellent father” and as a “decent, hardworking person,” he was in critical situation Sunday after being shot within the again, the bullet exiting by way of his diaphragm.
His spouse, Olivia Mariscal, and 10-year-old daughter Erika each look like recovering after additionally being wounded, de Alba stated from the El Paso hospital the place her brother is being handled.
The household lives in Chihuahua, Mexico — a four-hour drive south of El Paso — and was shopping for college provides within the Texas metropolis. El Paso is a well-liked purchasing vacation spot for individuals who dwell in northern Mexico.
Mario de Alba’s Fb web page exhibits him as a faithful father to Erika.
In a single image, taken in a lounge, Erika cups her hand within the form of a coronary heart in entrance of an leisure centre. 0n the cabinets behind her are the phrases FAMILY and PEACE in daring letters.