Mass murder in El Paso: Images from a day of terror and grief

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Mourners take part in a vigil Saturday night near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. after the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.
Mourners take part in a vigil Saturday night near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. after the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart.
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On Saturday, a gunman walked into a Walmart on El Paso’s east side during the back-to-school shopping season and opened fire in the crowded store. The suspect, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen — a North Texas city more than 650 miles away — was arrested without incident, according to police. Photographers were there in the immediate aftermath, and continue to document a city stunned by violence.

Showing their hands to police, shoppers evacuate Cielo Vista Mall after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso on August 3, 2019.
Showing their hands to police, shoppers evacuate Cielo Vista Mall after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso on August 3, 2019.
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WalMart employees comfort one another after an active shooter opened fire at the WalMart at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso Saturday.
WalMart employees comfort one another after an active shooter opened fire at the WalMart at Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso Saturday.
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First: Showing their hands to police, shoppers evacuate Cielo Vista Mall after the shooting. Last: Walmart employees comfort one another after the shooting.

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Abandoned shopping carts outside of a side exit at the Walmart after the shooting.
Abandoned shopping carts outside of a side exit at the Walmart after the shooting.
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Police near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Police near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
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A heavy police presence near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
A heavy police presence near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
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Police near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Police near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
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Police near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Police near the scene of a mass shooting at a WalMart in El Paso on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
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Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the El Paso Police Department, the FBI, Homeland Security and the Border Patrol quickly arrived at the scene of Saturday’s mass shooting.

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A police officer secures the perimeter outside the Walmart.
A police officer secures the perimeter outside the Walmart.
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A woman is seen crying after leaving the family reunification center at MaCarthur Elementary, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Families were told to go to the center to get information about their missing family from the Walmart shooting. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
A woman is seen crying after leaving the family reunification center at MaCarthur Elementary, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Families were told to go to the center to get information about their missing family from the Walmart shooting. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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A police unit is seen at the back entrance to the Walmart where a gunman opened fire on back-to-school shoppers, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
A police unit is seen at the back entrance to the Walmart where a gunman opened fire on back-to-school shoppers, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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First: A woman weeps as a couple leaves the family reunification center at MacArthur Elementary-Intermediate School on Saturday. Families were told to go to the center to get information about missing family members. Next: A police cruiser and crime scene tape near the scene of the shooting.

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Parishioners are seen during a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Parishioners are seen during a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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A man and woman embrace as Nadra Alvarez and her mother Angelina Alvarez pray after a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
A man and woman embrace as Nadra Alvarez and her mother Angelina Alvarez pray after a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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Nadra Alvarez, left, and her mother Angelina Alvarez pray after a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Nadra Alvarez, left, and her mother Angelina Alvarez pray after a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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Scene from the Walmart where a gunman opened fire on back-to-school shoppers, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Scene from the Walmart where a gunman opened fire on back-to-school shoppers, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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On Saturday night, mourners attended a vigil at St. Pius X Church in El Paso.

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Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott prays after a vigil at a Catholic church as El Paso Mayor Dee Margo stands in the back, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott prays after a vigil at a Catholic church as El Paso Mayor Dee Margo stands in the back, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott embraces a woman after a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott embraces a woman after a candlelight vigil at a Catholic church, Saturday, August 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
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Gov. Greg Abbott joined mourners at St. Pius X Church.

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On Saturday night, mourners gathered for a vigil near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S.
On Saturday night, mourners gathered for a vigil near the border fence between Mexico and the U.S.
REUTERS/Carlos Sanchez
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is seen at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke embraces Patricia Olivera a relative of one of the survivors at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke embraces Patricia Olivera a relative of one of the survivors at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 4, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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On Sunday, former El Paso Congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visited the scene of the shooting. O’Rourke was in Las Vegas on Saturday when the news broke and left the campaign trail to return to El Paso.

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The Allen home of alleged mass shooter Patrick Crusius after members of the Allen police department and the FBI gathered evidence for their investigation. Allen is in North Texas, more than 650 miles from El Paso.
The Allen home of alleged mass shooter Patrick Crusius after members of the Allen police department and the FBI gathered evidence for their investigation. Allen is in North Texas, more than 650 miles from El Paso.
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El Pasoans wait hours Sunday, August, 4, 2019 at an east El Paso, Texas United Blood Services to donate blood following Saturday        s mass shooting at a Walmart in east El Paso. 4 Blood Donations After Mass ShootingEl Pasoans wait hours Sunday, August, 4, 2019 at an east El Paso, Texas United Blood Services to donate blood following SaturdayaTMs mass shooting at a Walmart in east El Paso.
El Pasoans wait hours Sunday, August, 4, 2019 at an east El Paso, Texas United Blood Services to donate blood following Saturday s mass shooting at a Walmart in east El Paso. 4 Blood Donations After Mass ShootingEl Pasoans wait hours Sunday, August, 4, 2019 at an east El Paso, Texas United Blood Services to donate blood following SaturdayaTMs mass shooting at a Walmart in east El Paso.
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People place flowers at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El Paso, on August 4, 2019.
People place flowers at the site of a mass shooting where 20 people lost their lives at a Walmart in El Paso, on August 4, 2019.
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On Sunday, friends, family members, and strangers comfort each other at a family reunification site set up at MacArthur Elementary-Intermediate School in El Paso.
On Sunday, friends, family members, and strangers comfort each other at a family reunification site set up at MacArthur Elementary-Intermediate School in El Paso.
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First: El Pasoans waited for hours on Sunday to donate blood. Next: Mourners place flowers at a growing shrine near the site of the mass murder. Last: On Sunday, mourners comforted each other at a family reunification site set up at MacArthur Elementary-Intermediate School in El Paso.

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A shrine near the Walmart where 20 people lost their lives to a mass murderer.
A shrine near the Walmart where 20 people lost their lives to a mass murderer.