Not In My Town….

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

Published by thehuntress915

My life has been a lot like the movie Bridget Jones Diary (the Hispanic version) constant comedic struggles and life lessons learned by way of personal experience. I've survived divorce and online dating debacles, so tag along for the ride and lets laugh together.

24 thoughts on “Not In My Town….

    1. Thanks my friend, I could really use a hug. That I know of, no one I know was involved. But I’ve watched local and national news casts and I can’t stop crying. My boys and everyone they know are safe thus far. I may have not known anyone involved personally, but as a mom, sister, daughter, sister and cousin, I feel for those who don’t know if their loved ones are ok. Even as I wrote this post, I couldn’t stop crying, my heart hurts for my city and it’s people. I’m glad your family here is safe my friend.

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  1. I guess I should have checked your blog before emailing you, eh? Again, I’m glad you and yours are safe and sound. No community, big or small, is ever prepared for these senseless acts – it’s impossible to understand. Sending you love and hugs!

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  2. I am glad you are safe. This is happening daily and sooner or later it will have happened everywhere. America has become a dangerous, shithole country and no one seems to be able to reverse the trend. I am sorry for you and for all the rest of us.

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  3. Such horrible news… that sadly is becoming all too common. 3 mass shootings in the past week. So very sorry your hometown now joins the list. Makes me wonder what has to happen for politicians to do something more than offer thoughts and prayers.

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  4. When I heard about this I thought about you, and I was glad to see you post this. Then this morning, on the way to work, I heard someone on the radio talking about what a great, friendly city El Paso is. I’ve never been there but I can believe it’s a special place. And I know one person, however terrible their actions, can’t change that.
    You emphasize the many many cultures, races, nationalities and personalities of El Paso, and its amazing history–a history that, as the person on the radio said this morning, predates the founding of the United States by a century and a half. And it’s because of that special combination, and because of people like you, that I know this won’t change it.

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    1. Thank you Christopher for those heartfelt words, it made me feel so much better today. Everyone here is still in shock, and just today I found out of of my youngest sons classmates from high school was killed when she was shielding her two month old son from the gunfire. Her husband died that day too, leaving that baby without parents. I can’t even even process this, I don’t know how.

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  5. I am profoundly sorry for your loss Huntress. These senseless killings have broken my heart a thousand times and I fear it will break a thousand more times. No American can confidently say, that won’t happen in my town. We are so lost, deepest condolences.

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  6. It’s so heartbreaking. I thought of you when I saw it was El Paso. Just so, so tragic. I don’t know where we’re going as a country with all these mass shootings and it scares the hell out of me.

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  7. I mourn for El Paso and for our country. Huntress, thank you for adding your voice to the outcry. It takes special strength to speak out while grieving. We need to stop saying, to stop thinking, “Not in my town.” EVERY town is our town; all the dead, our dead.

    Ruth

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  8. Oh Huntress! My heart goes out to you! No one is safe anymore! And the tragedies continue in what I can only call an incredibly weird period of time! Is it the heat? Something in the air? I’ve been in a helluva mood for the last couple of weeks and am only starting to come out of it. No rhyme or reason, but I’ve been in a foul mood! Other bloggers I read have also been super tired or feeling out of sorts recently as well — all right before these awful events. Is this coincidence or truly have several of us tapped into feeling this evil on some level before it happened? I won’t/can’t know any of this for sure, but it has sent shivers through me thinking about it and it doesn’t change what happened. I’m just now coming out of my funk and I just want you to know that I’ve been thinking about you! A great big hug to you and yours! Mona

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    1. Thank you so much Mona. I really do think a lot of us have been out of sorts, but like you, I couldn’t explain why. I have stayed off my blog for the past week because it’s been hard enough to deal with what happened here, in my wonderful city. Also I just don’t seem to have the energy to write right now. But thank you again, and hugs right back at you!

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