‘It broke my heart’ El Paso victim remembered

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Published on August 6, 2019 - Duration: 02:05s

‘It broke my heart’ El Paso victim remembered

Several hundred students, teachers and relatives filled a high school athletic stadium in Texas on Monday to honor the youngest of 22 killed in a shooting rampage police suspect was driven by racism.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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‘It broke my heart’ El Paso victim remembered

Doves were released and tears shed as a community came together to remember the youngest victim killed in the El Paso shooting.

15-year-old Javier Amir Rodriguez.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SEAN CERECERES, 18, JUST GRADUATED FROM HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL AND FRIEND OF JAVIER AMIR RODRIQUEZ, SAYING: "I didn't want to see it.

Everybody started posting about it and one of his cousins texted me saying it was him." (SOUNDBITE) (English) RAUL DELAROSA, 15, A SOPHOMORE AT HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL AND FRIEND OF JAVIER AMIR RODRIGUEZ, SAYING: "It broke my heart.

I couldn't believe it." The soccer player was just one week into his high school sophomore year when he was killed, after a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart Saturday in the West Texas border city of El Paso.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JUAN MARTINEZ SAYING: "Please not one more.

We may have differences but there are other ways.

There are other ways to address it.

Not with violence.

Not with hate.

Not our children." (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AND FORMER U.S. CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS, BETO O'ROURKE, SAYING: "This violence, this hatred will not define this community nor will it define the Rodriguez family." The Texas city got more bad news Monday -as the death toll rose to 22, after two more people wounded in the attack succumbed to their injuries.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEL SOL MEDICAL CENTER DIRECTOR OF TRAUMA DR. STEPHEN FLAHERTY, SAYING: "Unfortunately, these wounds have been devastating and major and we are deeply saddened to be here today to have to tell you that two patients have passed." Police say the suspect - 21-year-old Patrick Crusius appears to have driven several hours from Allen, Texas, to El Paso to carry out the shooting.

Authorities have said they're investigating the massacre as a hate crime, citing an anti-immigrant manifesto posted shortly before the shooting.

In it - the author called the attack a "response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." Crucius has been charged with capital murder, prosecutors say they intend to seek the death penalty.

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit El Paso on Wednesday.

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