Those killed in Saturday’s mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, apparently included some citizens of Mexico.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that three Mexican nationals were among the 20 people killed in the attack. Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that six Mexicans, including a 10-year-old girl, were among the 26 injured.
The 21-year-old man arrested for allegedly carrying out the attack is suspected of harboring racist and xenophobic beliefs. Authorities are investigating whether a four-page manifesto posted to the extremist online forum 8chan shortly before the shooting was written by the suspect, Patrick Crusius, a white man from a town near Dallas.
These are the names of the victims identified so far:
The 25-year-old mother of three was fatally shot while shielding her 2-month-old son in her arms, her sister told The Associated Press.
Anchondo was at the Walmart shopping for back-to-school supplies when she was shot. Her son was treated for broken bones, which her sister, Leta Jamrowski, said were the result of the mother’s fall.
“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” said Jamrowski, 19. “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.”
Anchondo’s husband, Andre Anchondo, remained missing Sunday morning, Jamrowski said.
Benavides has been identified by family as one of the victims.
He was shopping with his wife when the gunman opened fire. His wife escaped, but he was unable to make it out of the store alive, family told El Paso TV station KTSM.
Other Mass Shootings
Early Sunday morning, just hours after the El Paso slaughter, a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, left nine people dead and 27 injured, according to authorities. Police said they killed the suspected shooter. The suspected shooter’s sister was one of the victims.
Three mass shootings now have occurred in the U.S. in less than a week. Last Sunday, a lone gunman killed three people ― including two children ― and injured 12 at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California. It was initially reported that police killed that shooter, a 19-year-old, but authorities now say he killed himself as officers closed in on him.
This story will be updated as more names become available.