Remembering the El Paso Walmart shootings

Mayor Dee Margo talks about how the city is memorializing last year’s tragic events during the pandemic and weighs in on the city’s fall school openings.
3:13 | 08/06/20

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A year ago this week el Paso, Texas suffered an unspeakable tragedy when a gunman entered a Walmart and opened fire. The attack directed at the city's Latino community. It left 23 people dead. El Paso facing another crisis with coronavirus cases on the rise. Here to discuss how the city is handling this very difficult time is El Paso mayor Dee Margo. Mayor Margo, thank you for being with us today. Tell us how El Paso is doing one year since the tragic events in your city. I think we're surviving. We're persevering. It's hard to memorialize the August 3rd shooting when we're in the middle of a pandemic. We're known for our hugs. It's part of our culture and nature. It's hard to do that. What do you say to residents who are most likely having a difficult time figuring out how to grieve, how to socially distance themselves from others while they're trying to commemorate what happened and move forward? This past weekend -- August 3rd was Monday. We had several events this past weekend. We had a memorial service at a county park on Sunday night, proper social distancing. The families that wanted to attend came. We dedicated a bus transit center to one of the victims who was a former veteran who worked for 20 years for our transit system. That's our bus transit system. We've done various things. Our history museum had an exhibit for the families and small gatherings taking items from the memorials that were put up behind the Walmart last year and I thought they did a great job on that exhibit, showing some of the items that were saved. Beautiful way to try and honor those who lost their lives that day. I know El Paso schools have delayed re-opening of the in-person learning. You pushed it to September 8th. Are you confident that students will be able to physically return to school on that date, just about a month from now? Our city determined that there needed to be a delay. However, we set it up for the day after labor day. That was from input from the superintendents and teachers and parents. However, our attorney general came back and said that the overriding determination for when schools open would now be resting with the trustees and the school leadership. My only hope is that they will listen to the public health authorities to determine what's best and work through this. We've had a couple glitches thrown in there from a legal standpoint. Otherwise, previously the commissioner of education said the local health authorities would determine what was best for the schools. We certainly are wishing you the very best as you juggle all these crises. Mayor Dee Margo, thank you for being with us today. Thank you.

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