On Aug. 3 last year, our community suffered the unthinkable: a mass shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart.
Our TTUHSC El Paso and Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso families answered the call that day, helping save the lives of the injured and offering comfort to patients and their families. I cannot be more proud of the way you responded to the events of Aug. 3.
We still have a long road of healing ahead – for the victims and their families, and for our community. On the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting, I ask you to continue the healing process and join us for a moment of silence on Monday, Aug. 3, to honor the victims of the tragedy.
If you own an El Paso Strong shirt, I encourage you to wear it that day and gather outside your place of work — on and off campus — in the morning to observe a moment of silence at precisely 10:39 a.m.
As you step outside and gather to offer thoughts or prayers for all those affected, please remember to maintain a social distance and wear a face covering to protect each other during the ongoing pandemic.
On this day of remembrance, El Pasoans across the city will also be lighting up their homes with luminarias as part of the “Together We Remember, Together We Heal” commemoration, hosted by the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center, the County of El Paso and the City of El Paso.
To ensure our TTUHSC El Paso family is able to participate, the Student Government Association will distribute free luminarias following our campus-wide moment of silence. The luminarias can be picked up from 3-6 p.m. in the Medical Education Building parking lot next to the courtyard.
We will move forward through love, kindness, caring and healing, and remain El Paso Strong.