SANTA FE — One of the women killed in the mass shooting in El Paso was born and raised in Santa Fe, a family member confirmed to the Journal on Monday.
Angie Englisbee, 86, was one of at least 22 victims who died in the Saturday shooting at an El Paso Walmart in what police are investigating as a hate crime. Englisbee will be buried in El Paso on Saturday, sister Annabelle Ibarra said.
“She was an amazing person,” said Ibarra, who still lives in Santa Fe. “She had all of her marbles. That’s why it’s so hard to know she had no illness, and this had to happen. You never think this is going to happen to you.”
Also Monday, Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Robert Vasquez posted that he and his wife, his children and two other kids with them were in the El Paso Walmart just minutes before the shooting took place. “To know that my children, my wife, and the kids whose parents entrusted me to take care of their children while in El Paso, could have potentially lost their lives if we were in the store an extra 20-30 minutes, is not a feeling any parent should experience,” Vasquez wrote.
Ibarra said Englisbee was the oldest of 10 siblings who grew up in a house on West Manhattan Street near the former Sanbusco Market Center.
Englisbee got married in Santa Fe and moved to New Orleans and had seven children. Her husband died at age 38 from a heart attack, Ibarra said, leaving Englisbee to raise the children by herself. She moved to El Paso after that, Ibarra said.
Ibarra said Englisbee’s son called her while she was at the Walmart, but the two agreed that they would talk later because Englisbee was checking out. The shooting started 6 minutes after that conversation, Ibarra said.
After finding out that Englisbee was at the Walmart around the time of the shooting, a family member went looking for her but wasn’t allowed inside the store. Ibarra said the family didn’t get a confirmation that her sister had died in the shooting until 3 p.m. Sunday.
Englisbee had 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren, Ibarra said. The last time the siblings were together in Santa Fe was for a brother’s birthday last September.
“We were happy because we hadn’t been together in a long time,” Ibarra said.
Deputy Police Chief Vasquez posted on the police department Facebook page that his Santa Fe group was in the El Paso Walmart just before the shooting spree as part of a visit to the border city for the Latino World Basketball Championships.
“Before leaving Walmart, we spoke with a group of children near the exit door who were fundraising for their sports team,” Vasquez wrote. “One little girl was really working her sales pitch selling them drinks and chicharrones, while her father smiled from a distance. They did not deserve to die or be victimized for one person’s idiotic beliefs. It is unfortunate that political debate and the hate stemmed from current political views has caused so many innocent people to lose their lives.”
He also wrote: “Brown, black, white, we are all one race! We are a human race that has families, desires, a will to live, and an opportunity to succeed in this crazy world. We need to change the political theater in our country and collectively focus on how to peacefully resolve political differences — un niño y su familia que venden chicharrones no deberían ser víctimas de la política.”