Religious leaders from various denominations led the ceremony, where bells rang out for each victim. An additional ringing of the bell honored the ninevictims of the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, which took place less than 15 hours after the El Paso shooting.
Many in the crowd wore “El Paso Strong” t-shirts.
“I believe El Paso shows strength, that even if there’s hardship, we can come together as a city and be supportive of one another,” said 24-year old resident Troy Saenz.
Another resident, 29-year old Yvonne Juarez, agreed. “This is not going to define us, this is only going to make us stronger, make us more united and that’s what we’re going to show the world,” said Juarez.
Federal authorities said they are treating the massacre as a case of domestic terrorism.
A four-page statement posted on 8chan, an online message board often used by extremists, and believed to have been written by the suspect, Patrick Crusius, called the Walmart attack “a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.”
(Production: Jane Ross)