- Title: Flowers arrive from all over the world for El Paso shooting victims
- Date: 18th August 2019
- Summary: EL PASO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (AUGUST 18, 2019) (REUTERS) FLOWERS BEING CARRIED FROM CHURCH PEOPLE CARRYING FLOWERS ALONG FOOTPATH VARIOUS OF FLOWERS BEING GATHERED OUTSIDE CHURCH PEOPLE CARRYING FLOWERS VARIOUS OF HEARSES BEING LOADED WITH FLOWERS PEOPLE CARRYING FLOWERS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL VOLUNTEER FOR MASS SHOOTING VICTIMS, LAURA PERCHES, SAYING: "Arrangements have arrived from Australia, Japan, New York, from all parts of the world. Everyone is sending (flowers) because the world has wanted to send El Paso, to (Ciudad) Juarez (in Mexico) a message of peace, because Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, Texas are a family. It's not one city or the other, we are one." VARIOUS OF HEARSES TRANSPORTING FLOWERS ON ROAD AS PART OF PROCESSION TOWARDS FLOWER MEMORIAL WALMART SIGN NEAR SITE OF MASS SHOOTING VARIOUS OF HEARSES ARRIVING NEAR SITE OF MASS SHOOTING VARIOUS OF PEOPLE UNLOADING FLOWERS FROM HEARSES FOR MEMORIAL PEOPLE GATHERED AT MEMORIAL (SOUNDBITE) (English) EL PASO LOCAL, BEATRIZ AMIJO, SAYING: "It truly just goes to show what our city stands for, for unity. Everybody who came to help out, the whole community came to help take the flowers out of the car and put them down at the memorial site. So, I mean, if anybody has any question about what the city stands for, I think just take a look at everybody that was out here helping out and everybody that participated, how the city participated. And that will just tell you the truth about what the city stands for." FLOWER MEMORIAL HEARSES NEAR MEMORIAL
- Embargoed: 1st September 2019 23:20
- Keywords: El Paso Texas mass shooting flower memorial
- Location: EL PASO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- City: EL PASO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA001ASQVY2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An international flower memorial is growing at the site of the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 people, as people from around the world send flowers in a show of solidarity with the city's grief.
El Paso residents volunteered on Sunday (August 18) to transport the flowers ordered from local florists to this site, with floral arrangements being organised as far away as Australia and Japan. Hearses were used to transport flowers so as to keep the memory of those killed present.
Residents paying tribute to the victims at the memorial say the flowers encapsulate the spirit and the heart of the people of El Paso, one of the United States' most bi-lingual and bi-national regions.
The gunman, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, reportedly targeted Hispanic people when he opened fire at a Walmart store on August 03. He confessed while surrendering and told police he was targeting "Mexicans," according to an El Paso police affidavit.
(Production: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Rodolfo Pena Roja)
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