Killer puts ‘safe’ El Paso in crossfire of debates over guns and migrants
Dad who chose the border town for a mural to honour his son who died in another mass shooting, joins call to end hate
The artist had planned to unveil his mural on Sunday at a community event in El Paso, the latest of his works to celebrate the life of his murdered son.
The boy, fatally shot with 16 others in 2018 at a Parkland, Florida high school, would have turned 19 on Sunday, artist Manuel Oliver said. Joaquin Oliver had been quietly devoted to the cause of immigrants, his father said, and the artist chose El Paso because he saw the border city as an immigration success story.
But the slaughter of 20 people at a Walmart store on Saturday just happened to intervene, turning the gathering at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Centre on Sunday into yet another terrible vigil...