EL PASO – In the days after the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, parents from across the region took their children to the makeshift memorial near the crime scene as they tried to provide comfort and explain the horror.
“I wanted to talk to him about it here. I wanted him not to have that sense of fear,” said Clarissa Hernandez, standing at the memorial with her 11-year-old son, Ezra. The pair held handwritten signs, offering hugs to other families visiting the site. “I’m glad that we’re all here as one,” Ezra said.
Hernandez said it was especially important to reassure her son in the days before he went back to school.