Last El Paso Patient dies Nine Months After Shooting That Left 22 Dead


Lily Earwood, Contributor

According to hospital officials and family members, the final patient to survive the mass shooting in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, last August has died.

A man named Guillermo “Memo” Garcia and his wife were shot while selling lemonade to support their local football team’s children. The death toll is now at 23, which officials now say was a hate crime against Hispanics (BBC).

At around 11 a.m. in the morning, Patrick Crusius, the convicted gunman, opened fire with a AK-47 rifle. A manifesto posted only minutes before on 8chan proved his actions were in response to “Hispanic invasion” of Texas. He called for racial and ethnic segregation of the United States. (Buzzfeed News)

According to the El Paso Times, Garcia was shot in the spine.

“He fought long and hard, with the help of all of his troops he won many battles, but lost the war,” his wife, Jessica Coca Garcia, told the press. After social distancing orders and the pandemic, their family plans on having a mass memorial (ABC News).

Casius was indicted on 90 federal charges in February 2020, including almost four dozen hate crimes. He has pleaded not guilty for all cases.