It's already been a year since the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, but to many in our community, it still feels like it happened yesterday. While the national and international spotlight shifted to our border community, many were still trying to come to terms with the events of that day. People came together as a community to mourn and stand united against the hatred and vile reasoning the murderer explained to authorities. In the days after the tragedy, we saw many vigils that had Marachi groups performing songs to mourn and grieve with the community. The most popular song we saw being performed was "Amor Eterno." Joanna eloquently explained last August that the ballad is used as a way to say goodbye to our loved ones in the Hispanic community. Throughout the memorials, funerals, vigils, and other events, "Amor Eterno" was heard over and over as people wept for the lives lost due to the events on that day. Now, as we are facing the one year anniversary of the shooting, the song is once again bringing together our community and paying tribute to the fallen.

Local mariachi group Mariachi Alegre went to the memorial site at the Cielo Vista Walmart to perform a beautiful version of "Amor Eterno" for us to see. You can learn more about the group on the Mariachi Alegre Facebook page. Please watch the video below and maybe while you put your luminarias out on your porch this evening, you can play the song in the background, as we all have a moment of silence in honor of the 23 lives lost.

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