Following the horrific shootings this weekend in El Paso and Dayton, stories of heroic acts have begun to emerge, some carried out by strangers, others by family members who sacrificed their own lives to save their loved ones.
In El Paso, a young mother and father died after shielding their two-month-old son from the gunman who opened fire at a Walmart, which resulted in the death of 20 people. Jordan and Andre Anchondo, who were enjoying a day out shopping for school supplies, leave behind three children, ages five, two, and two months old.
The couple had dropped off their daughter, who is five, at cheerleading practice before heading to Walmart for school supplies. Jordan, 25, held onto her baby and shielded him from a hail of gunfire, while her husband leaned in to protect them both. Fortunately, the baby survived the attack although several of his bones were broken as his mother fell on him.
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Jordan Anchondo was killed while shopping for school supplies for her 5-year-old daughter at an #ElPaso Walmart. She was holding her 2-month old baby when the gunman shot her, but the mother shielded the boy from the bullets as she collapsed to the ground, paramedics told the family. Click the link in the bio for the full story. H/T: @johnnbcla
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the three orphaned children. "You watch these things and see these things and you never think this is going to happen to your family. How do parents go school shopping and then die shielding their baby from bullets?” asked Liz Terry, an aunt of Jordan.
The gunman, who allegedly wrote a racist screed before going on the rampage, was reportedly targeting Hispanics in his attack on a crowded Walmart near the US-Mexico border. The shooting left 20 people dead and another 26 people injured. The shooter was eventually forced to surrender by police who then arrested him.
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Saturday I looked down at my phone to see the most terrifying text messages from my Sister in Law Misti, my Father, My Brother Paul and tons of friends asking if my family was safe, I had no idea what was going on until I saw my sister in laws text message saying there was a mass shooting in our home town of El Paso Tx and my niece Jordan Kae and Her husband Andre and their new born baby and Skylin their 5 year old had not been heard from or had responded to any calls or text messages. The hours passed as my daughter and I were at our convention when my Dad called confirming the worst my niece had been gunned down while trying to shield her new born, who lived. Her husband was unaccounted for as we continued to hold on to any hope we could for any news that he may be alive with family all over the city searching for him and today it was confirmed that he had jumped in front of the gunman to protect his wife and child. These two made the ultimate sacrifice as parents for their baby to live and they succeeded but we lost them in the process to a senseless death. We are comforted knowing that the babies are surrounded by love and family. Our family has been a huge support system siblings parents aunts uncles cousins grandparents all pulling together as fast as we could. Our friends, our spiritual sisters and brothers have poured in with love and support food prayers hugs and kisses. We are devastated by the loss but also hold the hope of seeing them both one day soon welcoming them back to us as a family and friends and especially their 3 children. Yesterday and today we have found true comfort in Psalms 94:18-19. We will keep your memory alive baby girl and remind your 3 babies of the love you had for them until we can all see you again! #jehovahswitnesses #elpaso #jordananchondo #amotherslove #afatherslove
The suspect, who has been identified as Patrick Crusius, a resident of Allen, in the Dallas area, about 650 miles east of El Paso, has been charged with capital murder, meaning he could face the death penalty.
Just a few hours after the El Paso shooting, another gunman opened fire in a crowded bar in Dayton, Ohio, murdering nine people including his younger sister and her boyfriend, and injuring 27. The attack is suspected to also be racially motivated as six of the nine victims were African-Americans.
This weekend’s shootings were the twenty-first and twenty-second mass killings of 2019 in the US. So far this year, 125 people have died in domestic terrorist attacks.