It's been two years since the Cielo Vista Walmart massacre on August 3, 2019, but even now, the scar from that day is still fresh. The whole city lost its sense of well-being and security. Mass mass murders are still happening every day so clearly we've not learned any lesson from that horrible day in El Paso. In September, Texas is doubling down on the gun culture in our state by allowing permitless gun carry beginning in September.

El Paso is a special place that's so welcoming that people who weren't raised here are shocked at how much they love it and want to stay. That's why August 3, 2019 was such a shock. The first news reports of an active shooter at the Cielo Vista Walmart were surreal. I got a frantic phone call from family members and thought they were getting the story wrong. When it was confirmed I couldn't believe it. The idea that someone would open fire in a place that families go on a Saturday morning to do their weekly shopping was truly unbelievable.

When the Star on the Mountain, the most iconic symbol of El Paso, blinked 23 times for each victim last year on the anniversary of that horrible day I had no idea the impact it would have on me and those around me. Here is the video of that lovely, terrible, heartbreaking tribute.

The families of those lost won't ever get over their loss. We need to hold them in our hearts and prayers so that they might find peace. I hope when they see the star on the mountain they will remember how it beat for their lost loved ones and that our city will never forget them. On Tuesday, August 3 at 8:30 p.m. the star will once again blink for each victim.

Two years. We will never forget. May the victims rest in peace. May their memories be a blessing. May their families find peace.

Jordan and Andre Anchondo

Arturo Benavides

Leo Campos and Maribel Hernandez

Angie Englisbee

Dave Johnson

Javier Amir Rodriguez

Margie Reckard

Jorge Calvillo García

Juan Velazquez

Sara Esther Regalado and Adolfo Cerros Hernández

Elsa Mendoza de la Mora

Gloria Irma Márquez

María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe

Ivan Filiberto Manzano

Maria and Raul Flores

Alexander Gerhard Hoffman

Luis Alfonzo Juarez

Teresa Sanchez

Guillermo 'Memo' Garcia

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