On Aug. 3, 2019, Patrick Crusius, 24, drove nearly ten hours from his hometown to commit a racially-motivated hate crime.
Crusius, who describes himself as a white nationalist, drove specifically to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas as he was aware of the high Latine population in the area. In fact, 80 percent of El Paso’s population is Latine/Hispanic. Unfortunately, once he arrived at his destination, he opened fire and took the lives of 23 people.
On Wednesday, February 9th, 2023, 1,285 days after the heinous act took place, some justice was served. The gunman, who has been coined as the El Paso Walmart shooter by some, has pleaded guilty to 90 charges, including 23 counts of hate crimes resulting in death, 23 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence, 22 counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill, and 22 counts of use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
“Today, the Justice Department secured the guilty plea of Patrick Wood Crusius, a self-described white nationalist, for federal hate crime and firearms offenses in connection with the deadly mass shooting targeting people perceived to be Hispanic immigrants at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, in 2019,” said Attorney General Merrick B. Garland in an official statement released by the United States Department of Justice.
Texas Man Pleads Guilty to 90 Federal Hate Crimes and Firearms Violations for August 2019 Mass Shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas
Defendant Admitted to Targeting Perceived Hispanic Immigrants, Killing 23 People and Injuring 22 Othershttps://t.co/iuNS9OUu6y
— DOJ Civil Rights (@CivilRights) February 8, 2023
During the hearing, the heartless man also admitted to writing the manifesto titled “An Inconvenient Truth,” where he speaks about a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” Using this as one of the manifesto’s arcs, he wrote a plan to separate the United States by race. He also promoted a white supremacist theory called “the great replacement,” in it.
The official statement explained how the gunman admitted to targeting El Paso, a border city, with the purpose to dissuade Mexicans and other Hispanics from migrating into the United States. In the official statement, it is noted that the El Paso Walmart shooter said he intended to kill everyone he shot.
“Nothing can undo the immeasurable loss suffered by the loved ones of the victims of that attack or the terror inflicted on the El Paso community in its wake. Today’s action makes clear that the Justice Department will not tolerate hate-fueled violence that endangers the safety of our communities,” the Attorney General said.
Justice will be served against El Paso’s Walmart Shooter
Though the plead was accepted, the U.S. District Court has not set a sentencing date.
Today, we remember the lives that were taken by another senseless mass shooting. May Andre Anchondo, Jordan Anchondo, Arturo Benavides, Jorge Calvillo Garcia, Guillermo Garcia, Leonardo Campos, Angelina Englisbee, Maria Flores, Raul Flores, Adolfo Cerros Hernandez, Alexander Hoffmann, David Johnson, Luis Alfonso Juarez, Maria Legarreta Rothe, Maribel Loya Hernandez, Ivan Filiberto Manzano, Gloria Irma Marquez, Elsa Mendoza Marquez, Margie Reckard, Sara Regalado Monreal, Javier Amir Rodriguez, Teresa Sanchez, and Juan Velasquez rest in peace.
Let this be a reminder that we need to continue to push for justice.