EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, the El Paso State Delegation and the United Way of El Paso hosted a memorial event Nov. 2 at Ascarate Park to honor the victims of gun violence.
The event was officially called “Dia de Los Muertos El Paso and Uvalde Memorial” and will feature an ofrenda, or altar, in memory of those who died in recent mass shootings, including the 21 people who lost their lives in May at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Wednesday’s ceremony took place in the El Paso County Healing Garden at Ascarate Park, which itself commemorates the victims of the Aug. 3rd, 2019, shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart.
El Paso Bishop Mark Seitz attended to lead mourners in a remembrance prayer and candle lighting.
Local mariachis performed, welcoming people to the event.
The program also included stories from the families of victims read by Samaniego, State Sen. Cesar Blanco, and State Reps. including Lina Ortega, Art Fierro, Claudia Ordaz, and Joe Moody.
The Healing Garden at Ascarate Park is located at 6900 Delta Drive.