El Paso Walmart shooting: Here’s what we know about the victims

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A gunman opened fire at a busy Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday morning, leaving 22 people dead and dozens more injured.

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The alleged shooter surrendered to authorities shortly after the massacre, not far from the scene of the crime, police said.

Investigators on Monday officially released the names those killed in the attack. The victims included 13 Americans, seven Mexican nationals, one German and one victim of undetermined citizenship, police said. Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, said eight Mexican citizens were killed in the shooting.

Here’s what we know about the victims:

Jordan Anchondo, 24, and Andre Anchondo, 25

Jordan Anchondo and her husband, Andre Anchondo, had just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, according to The Washington Post.

The Anchondos were throwing a party Saturday night and headed to Walmart that morning to do some shopping, a family member told the Post.

They dropped their 6-year-old daughter off at cheerleading practice on the way to the store.

The couple had their 2-month-old son with them when they were shot and killed in the rampage. Jordan Anchondo also had a 1-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Arturo Benavides, 60

Benavides was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired bus driver for El Paso's Sun Metro, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Benavides’ nephew, Ruben Rojas, described him as an “easygoing” person who enjoyed sports.

His wife, Patricia Benavides, was also at the Walmart during the shooting. Family members told the Times she survived after being pushed into a handicapped bathroom for safety.

Leonard "Leo" Cipeda Campos, 41, and Maribel Loya, 56

Friends and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District officials confirmed to The Monitor that Campos and his wife, Loya, died in Saturday's shooting.

School officials told the newspaper Campos graduated in 1996 from PSJA High School.

"This is a devastating time for our state and nation, and our PSJA Family, especially our Bears," school board President Jesse Zambrano said, according to The Monitor. "Leo was a great athlete during his time at Bears, the goalie for the soccer team and the kicker for the football team. He was well liked and a role model to athletes like me that looked up to him. We pray for him, his wife and his entire family."

Maria Flores, 77, and Raul Flores, 77

Maria and Raul Flores were married for 60 years. They met in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and retired two decades ago to a home in El Paso, The Washington Post reported.

The couple's 2-week old infant died in 1959, Since then, they raised three children and had 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, according to the newspaper.

"They didn't deserve to go this way, but for me, I take comfort in knowing that they went together," Raul Flores Jr., the couple's oldest son, told the Post.

The elder Flores had been scheduled for open-heart surgery, and the couple was in Walmart to buy air mattresses for relatives who were coming to visit and lend support, the newspaper reported.

"I tell myself, maybe it's the Lord's way of doing it," Flores Jr. told the Post. "Maybe He knew my father wasn't going to make it during the surgery, and maybe He knew that if anything happened to my father, my mother would be destroyed. Maybe that's why He decided to take them together."

Born in Tlahualilo, Maria Flores enjoyed cooking and doted on her grandchildren, according to the Post. Grandma Flores, as she was called, delighted her grandchildren by preparing desserts while dancing to the music of Elvis Presley or Marco Antonio Solis.

"They were so much alike, my parents," the couple's daughter, Leticiia Saldana told the Post. "They were inseparable."

Jorge Calvillo García, 61

Calvillo was visiting his son, Luis, and his granddaughter, Emily, as they raised money for Emily's soccer team outside Walmart on Saturday when he was shot and killed, KFOX-TV reported. Calvillo shielded the girls, according to his nephew, Raul Ortega.

KFOX-TV reported Luis Calvillo, a coach for the soccer team, was also shot Saturday. He is expected to survive.

Jorge Calvillo was from Gómez Palacio in the Mexican state of Durango and also lived in Ciudad Juarez, according to the Mexican newspaper Vanguardia. Recently, Jorge Calvillo moved to El Paso, where he worked as an accountant, The Washington Post reported. But he still visited Mexico frequently — most recently for a niece's wedding in La Laguna, Durango.

Adolfo Cerros Hernández, 68 and Sara Esther Regalado, 66

Hernández, 68, and Regaldo, 66, were another married couple killed in the shooting rampage at the Walmart. He was originally from Aguascalientes and she was from Juárez, officials said. Ebrard said they lived in Ciudad Juárez.

The couple’s daughter, Sandra Ivonne Cerros, wrote of the family’s painful loss on social media.

“We are devastated," she said. "These have been very difficult hours."

Alexander Gerhard Hoffman, 66

Officials identified Hoffman as the lone German citizen killed in Saturday's shooting.

David "Dave" Alvah Johnson, 63

Johnson's daughter, Stephanie Melendez, told CNN he died while shielding his wife, Kathy, and their 9-year-old granddaughter.

Kathy Johnson told family members the shooter got within two feet of them, according to the news network. Melendez said the gunman shot Dave Johnson after he used his body to shield his wife and granddaughter.

"I was so close to losing her but because of him she is still here," Melendez  told CNN. "I wish he was here so I can tell him how thankful I am."

Luis Alfonzo Juarez, 90

Officials identified Juarez as the oldest person killed in Saturday's shooting.

He was married to his wife for nearly 70 years, KFOX-TV reported. His wife, whose name was not given, also suffered a gunshot wound from Saturday's attack, according to the news station. She was expected to survive, KFOX-TV reported.

María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe, 58

Legarreta was also killed in the attack at the El Paso Walmart. She was originally from Chihuahua, Mexico, Ebrard said. Mexican media reported she was killed after stopping at Walmart while on her way to the airport.

The Washington Post reported she was a stay-at-home mom with four children. A friend told the Post on condition of anonymity that she was a great mother.

“She never stopped smiling," the friend said. "She was a wonderful woman, very dedicated to her children and a wonderful cook.”

Elsa Mendoza, 57

Mendoza was originally from Yepomer, Mexico. She was an elementary school teacher with two adult children.

“I bid farewell to my companion, the most marvelous of women, a person full of light who will continue illuminating our way for the rest of our lives,” her husband said in a social media post.

‘We are going to miss you, love.”

Ivan Filiberto Manzano, 46

Ebrard identified Manzano as one of the victims. He was originally from Ciudad Juárez.

He leaves behind a 5-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. His wife, Adriana Manzano, told The Associated Press he ran a business that supplies orthopedic implants. She said he was known as "friendly, calm – 'very practical.'"

Jorge Arias, a WWE wrestler best known by his stage name, Sin Cara, shared condolences Monday for Manzano's family. He described the 46-year-old as "a dear friend."

"To your family, may God give you comfort and strength to keep going," Arias wrote.

Gloria Irma Márquez Juárez, 61 

Officials identified Márquez Juárez as one of the 22 people killed in Saturday's shooting. She was originally from Juárez, Mexico, Ebrard said.

Family members remembered Márquez Juárez as a "dedicated mother, grandmother and friend" on a GoFundMe campaign established Sunday to raise money for her children.

Margie Reckard, 63

Officials identified Reckard as one of the Americans killed in Saturday's shooting.

"When I met her she was an angel, and she still is," Antonio Basco, Reckard's husband of 22 years, told KFOX-TV. "I was supposed to be the strong one, but I found out I'm the weak one and she's going to be missed a lot."

He remembered his wife as "the brains of the family."

"She was an awesome lady," he told KFOX-TV "I just (felt) it when we first met. That feeling came to each of us, to each other, and we've been together ever since. We were (going to) live together and die together. That was our plan."

Javier Amir Rodriguez, 15

Javier Amir Rodriguez was a high school student getting ready to start his sophomore year when he was killed in the attack, The Associated Press reported.

He was the youngest person to die in the shooting.

"He was such a loving boy," his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, said, according to The Washington Post, which cited the Arizona Republic.

She said he did well in school and liked to play soccer.

Teresa Sánchez de Freitas, 82

Officials identified Sanchez as one of the Mexican nationals killed in Saturday's shooting.

Her daughter, Mercedes "Merchy" De Freiteas, works as an executive director for Transparencia Venezuela, according to NPR.

"Our deepest condolences, words of comfort and high esteem to Merchy, family and friends," Transparencia Venezuela officials wrote in a statement posted Saturday on Twitter, according to NPR. "Peace to your soul."

Angelina "Angie" Englisbee, 86

Officials identified Englisbee as one of the Americans killed in Saturday's shooting. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with nine siblings and moved to El Paso when she was 38 after a stint in New Orleans, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

"Angie never hurt anyone," nephew Carlos Moya told the New Mexican. "She always minded her own business."

Family members remembered Englisbee as smart, kind-hearted and joyful.

"We love her and we'll always love her," niece Karla Moya-Crites told the New Mexican.

Juan de Dios Velázquez Chairez, 77

Velasquez was a Mexican citizen originally from Zacatecas, Ebrard said. Family members told Reuters that he and his wife, 65-year-old Estea Nicolasa, had moved to El Paso from Ciudad Juárez six months before Saturday's shooting.

Reuters and KTSM reported Velazquez threw himself between his wife and the shooter after they were approached by the gunman in the Walmart parking lot. Both of them were injured and underwent surgery, according to KTSM.

"He couldn't fight anymore, his heart started to fail," niece Idaly Velazquez told Reuters.

Velazquez's wife has since been upgraded to stable condition, Reuters reported.

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