Thousands of U.S. and Mexico residents banded together during a vigil for the victims of the mass killing that took place earlier this month at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
The attack killed at least 22 people and injured dozens more.
What are the details of the vigil?
The bilingual service took place Wednesday night at Southwest University Park baseball stadium in El Paso, and featured speakers and bands.
Paper bags containing lit votives were placed in the stadium’s infield to commemorate the lives lost in the mass killing. The thousands of attendees held up the lights of their cellphones to honor the victims during the reading of their names.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) also addressed the crowd and said that the Trump administration is working hard to “dismantle the purveyors of hate.”
“As we gather tonight, we still cannot comprehend the evil that struck El Paso 11 days ago, the magnitude of the hate and racism, the sheer evil behind the act that took so many people,” Abbott said. “We may never fully understand the evil in this world or the hatred behind it, but here is what we do now: We know this evil will not overcome us. We will not allow our hearts to be hardened, and we will not allow hatred to stoke more hatred.
“Instead,” he continued, “we will conquer evil with goodness and compassion and love for one another.”
El Paso Mayor Dee Margo also appeared at the vigil, and he spoke of unity.
“Hate will never overcome our love,” he said. “Hate will never overcome who we are.”
Margo later added that “it is up to us to not let the world forget who [the victims] were.”
“They were grandparents, fundraising for their grandchildren’s soccer league; mothers and fathers who cared for their children so much that they used their bodies as shields to protect them; families shopping on a normal Saturday morning; and a son who was getting ready to attend 10th grade at Horizon High School,” Margo added. “They represent generations of El Pasoans and Mexicans that have lived in unison and harmony throughout our 350-year history.”
Mexican Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for North America Jesus Seade, who also attended the vigil, told the crowd that “the event that brings us together represents the lowest, saddest expression of our times.”