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Las Cruces to host Expression of Solidarity with El Paso after mass shooting

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From Staff Reports, Las Cruces Sun-News
Published 5:02 p.m. MT Aug. 4, 2019 | Updated 5:08 p.m. MT Aug. 4, 2019

LAS CRUCES – The Las Cruces City Council is asking residents to join them at the civic plaza on Monday evening for an Expression of Solidarity with the people of El Paso.

On Saturday morning, a man walked into a Walmart near Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso and fired a rifle at hundreds of customers and employees. The shooting left 20 people dead and 26 injured.

“I was in touch with El Paso Mayor Dee Margo immediately after the shooting on Saturday,” Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyaghisma said, “offering our full support as a city, and as neighbors with deep ties to our friends in El Paso. To that end, our Las Cruces city councilors and I would like to invite all Las Crucens to join us at the civic plaza on Monday evening to show our solidarity with the people of El Paso.”

Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Las Cruces City Council member Greg Smith, center, and New Mexico State Sen. Mary Kay Papen, next to him, attend a vigil at St. Pius X church in El Paso to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart on Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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Community members come together at at St. Pius X Church to mourn those lost during a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Saturday Aug. 3, 2019.

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The event will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Plaza de Las Cruces.

“We know that it’s long past time to address the problem of domestic terrorism in our country,” Miyagishima said. “It will take all of our creativity, commitment and trust in one another to rein in the forces of violence that have been unleashed against our people. For now, at this time of deep pain, the councilors and I are inviting our fellow residents to join us in solidarity with our good friends to the south, and to stand in full support of our beautiful, diverse and welcoming border community.”

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