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Central Texans gather to remember lives lost in El Paso

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 23:37:56-04

WACO, TX — Central Texans gathered together in Waco Wednesday night to honor the lives lost in the mass shooting in El Paso Saturday.

The vigil was to remember and celebrate the lives lost, and "recommit to confronting the contemptible worldview behind the violence committed."

The Waco Immigrants Alliance wrote in a Facebook post, "From Pasadena to Parkland, Phoenix to Philadelphia, thousands of hearts beat with El Paso. But it has to be said, what happened here was foreseeable and deliberate."

The group took a stance against white supremacy, and hoped to give community members a space to speak out.

"I think it's important for people who may have not spoken out until now to come out and have a place where they can show that they stand with their neighbors, and that they don't support the attitude that anyone is less than the other," said Hope Mustakim, Director of the Waco Immigrants Alliance, "So it's just so good for the community to come out and take the first step in standing against any sort of racism or hatred."

The organization hopes that any marginalized citizens know that that they have community support in Central Texas.