George Lopez Hosts Aug. 3 Victim’s Families At Central El Paso’s L&J Cafe
I have to be honest here, I'm not a huge fan of comedian George Lopez. I liked his comedy back in the day but I think it's a little stale now and it seemed a little odd when he divorced his wife after being married to her for a very long time and after she gave him a kidney. Having said all that, I have to say the compassion and caring he has shown the families of the victims of the August 3, 2019 Walmart massacre is nothing short of heartwarming. He has really stepped up and made himself available to the families.
In the days following the attack, Lopez and Edward James Olmos came to El Paso to visit the victims who were wounded and in the hospital and their families. A year later, the visit and the aftermath of the attack was highlighted on his foundation's website. Now two years later, it is clear that those visits weren't just a photo op for Lopez. Earlier this week, he attended the dedication ceremony at the County of El Paso's healing gardens at Ascarate Park. After that, Lopez rented out L&J for the families affected by the Walmart massacre.
It's really easy to do the media rounds and make a big splash when something horrible happens. You take the photos with the victims, take the photos with the first responders and call them heroes, and then disappear never to be heard from again. It happens all the time. But in this case, it was so nice to see a very low key visit during an emotionally raw time for our city by a celebrity who really didn't have to bother.
I might not buy a ticket to George Lopez's concerts but I will always thank him for stepping up and keeping his eye on El Paso. It's very nice to see that the victims of that terrible day weren't just a photo op for him. Thanks Mr. Lopez. We're glad to have you in our city.