That’s what everyone says, this kind of thing, this type of violence won’t ever happen in my town. This type of thing only happens in big cities, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, but not in my town, not in El Paso.
Today has to go down as one of the saddest days in El Paso’s history, today we, our city, our community was affected by a mass shooting. Today, El Paso, one of the safest cities in all of the United States, fell victim to a lone gunman, who’s motives are not yet known.
Today, El Paso is a lot sadder, less brighter, less exuberant because today, we, all of us were affected by one person shooting at random. Today my hometown is a national tragedy, plastered on worldwide news outlets and social media. Today, my hometown was scarred by the actions of one individual who didn’t know those he killed and injured. El Paso may not be as cosmopolitain as New York, it may not be as cutting edge as Los Angeles, it may not be the hub of innovation, but there is one thing my hometown is, and that is resilient.
We are an amalgam of many cultures, races, nationalities and personalities, we are El Paso. Today, someone, who isn’t even from here, tried to tear us apart. Today, someone took lives that didn’t belong to them, tried to strike terror into people going about their day. Innocent people, innocent El Pasoans were a target for one individual who’s actions for a couple of minutes robbed this world of souls that might have changed our world, your world for the better.
Today El Paso will struggle, tomorrow we will try to make sense of this tragic, horrible thing. Tomorrow we will mourn those lost, comfort those that were hurt in order for them to recover, and thank God for all those first responders who ran in, when everyone else ran out. Tomorrow we will face the harsh reality of what happened one hot August morning in 2019 in my town.
My hometown will not fall, we will fix what needs fixing, will heal the way only El Pasoans have in the past, and will in the future. We will move forward with the the scar of what happened today, in my town. We will face tomorrow with the strength and courage that only El Paso and all of its people can. Tomorrow El Paso will begin to find it’s way back to where it once was, it’s people, our community, our city will still shine even through the darkness of tragedy.
A Heartbroken Huntress