America was reeling from a weekend of mass shootings on Monday, as the death toll of the attack in El Paso, Texas, rose and the identities of the victims in the tragedy were released.
Two more people who had been wounded at the mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso succumbed to their injuries on Monday, raising the death toll in that attack to 22. At least nine people lost their lives in the second shooting – at a popular entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.
The attack on El Paso, a majority Hispanic city on the US-Mexico border, put Donald Trump at the center of a storm of outrage over his recent racist comments, as well as the decades-old failure to implement gun control in America. The mayor of El Paso confirmed that the president will be visiting the city on Wednesday.
Seven Mexican citizens, 13 US citizens, one German citizen and one victim whose nationality could not yet be determined were among the dead in El Paso, authorities confirmed on Monday. The 22 victims ranged in age from 15 to 90 years old. Fifteen people who were left injured by the attack remained in the hospital, with two in critical condition.
The victims include Jordan and Andre Anchondo, 25 and 23, who were killed while protecting their two-month-old son. “Her husband was in front of the gunman to protect Jordan, and Jordan was protecting her baby,” Monique Terry, Jordan Anchondo’s 21-year-old cousin, told the Guardian on Sunday.
Arturo Benavides, 59, was an army veteran and a bus driver for El Paso’s public transit system, according to CNN. He was at the self-checkout line at Walmart when the shooting started. A niece described him as “a strong-willed, caring, giving and special person”.
Ivan Manzano, 41, had crossed the border to visit Walmart to pick up a package he had ordered for his business, reported the El Paso Times. “We assume that at 10am to 10.15, he walked into the Walmart, because in his Whatsapp messages, it shows that he was last connected at 10.21,” said his aunt Patricia Manzano.
Javier Amir Rodriguez, 15, was about to start his second year of high school at Horizon high school in El Paso, according to the El Paso Times. His aunt described him as a loving boy, who did well in school and loved soccer.
Angie Englisbee, 86, was in the check-out line when the shooting started, ABC 13 reported. A grandson described her as “the hero of our family” who “worked hard her entire life and was a very devout Catholic”.
Leo Campos and Maribel Hernandez had reportedly dropped their dog off at the groomer before being caught in the Walmart attack.
María Legarreta Rothe from Chihuahua was on her way to pick up her daughter at the airport before she stopped at the Walmart to make some purchases, according to El Diario.
The other victims who were Mexican nationals were Sara Regalado, 66, of Juárez, and her husband, Adolfo Hernández, 68, of Aguascalientes; Jorge García from Coahuila; Elsa Mendoza de la Mora from Yepomera; Gloria Márquez from Juárez; and Ivan Manzano from Juárez. Authorities identified the remaining victims from the US as Maria Flores, 77, Raul Flores, 77, David Johnson, 63, Luis Juarez, 90, Elsa Libera Marquez, 57, Maribel Loya, 56, Margie Reckard, 63, and Juan Velazquez, 77.
In Dayton, Ohio, where eight were shot dead in an attack that came just 13 hours after the El Paso incident, the assailant left no clue to his motivation. The Dayton police chief, Richard Biehl, confirmed that the victims of gunman Connor Betts include his own sister, 22-year-old Megan Betts.
Connor Betts was killed by police less than a minute after the rampage began, bringing the total number of fatalities in that attack to nine.
Lois Oglesby, 27, was a nurse and mother of two. “She was a wonderful mother, a wonderful person,” friend Derasha Merrett told the Dayton Daily News. “I have cried so much, I can’t cry anymore.”
Derrick Fudge, 57 from Springfield, Ohio, was visiting Dayton with his son. “He had a dog ... that he loved dearly. ... He was fun, happy,” his niece, Asia Fudge, told NPR.
A resident of Springboro, Ohio, Logan Turner, 30, was out with friends celebrating his recent birthday, his mother, Danita Turner, told the Dayton Daily News. “He was very generous and loving and the world’s best son,” she said.
Nicholas Cumer, 25, was a graduate student in the cancer care program at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, according to a statement from the university. “Nicholas was dedicated to caring for others,” wrote the university president, Malachi Van Tassell.
Thomas McNichols, 25, was a father of four young children. His aunt Donna Johnson described McNichols as a “gentle giant”.
Monica Brickhouse, 39, worked as a recovery specialist for an insurance company. And Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36, was friends with Brickhouse. “To lose a loved one to senseless violence is just unfair, especially since it could be preventable !!” a friend of the women wrote on Facebook.