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Guillermo ‘Memo’ Garcia, final patient from El Paso Walmart shooting dies in hospital

Felipe Avila puts his head in his hands as he cries at the place where the locals bring flowers, stuffed animals, candles and posters to honor the memory of the victims of the mass shooting occurred in Walmart on Saturday morning in El Paso on Sunday, August 4, 2019. (Lola Gomez/Austin American-Statesman/TNS)

The last remaining patient hospitalized since the El Paso Walmart shooting has died, a hospital official said Sunday.

Guillermo “Memo” Garcia, one of the coaches of the EP Fusion girls soccer team, had been hospitalized since the Aug. 3 mass shooting that killed 22 others.

“After a nearly nine-month fight, our hearts are heavy as we report Guillermo ‘Memo’ Garcia, our last remaining patient being treated from the El Paso shooting, has passed away,” David Shimp, chief executive officer for Del Sol Medical Center, said in a statement.

“His courage, his strength and his story have touched many lives, including those of our caregivers, who tirelessly fought with him and for him every step of the way. We are grieving with his family and with our community.”

The soccer team was fundraising outside the store when a gunman opened fire in an attack that federal prosecutors have described as a hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism targeting Latinos.

More than two dozen men, women and children were also wounded in the mass shooting.

Mayor Dee Margo in a tweet said he and his wife, Adair Margo, were heartbroken.

“Adair and I are heartbroken over the passing of Memo ‘Tank’ Garcia. His wife Jessica, their children, and family are in our prayers. May his memory and fighting spirit over these 9 months serve as a reminder of what it means to be El Paso Strong,” Margo tweeted.


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