EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The bodies of four Mexican citizens killed during Saturday’s massacre at an El Paso Walmart are being shipped to Juarez, Mexico, for funeral services and burial beginning today.
Elsa Mendoza Marquez, a former teacher and school administrator, will be the first victim whose body will be repatriated to Mexico today, said Laura Navarro, one of the managers at Perches Funeral Home, which operates in El Paso and in Juarez.
A funeral service for Mendoza is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Recinto de la Oracion Cemetery. A second victim, Ivan Filiberto Manzano, will be transferred from El Paso to Juarez either Wednesday or Thursday, Navarro said. Manzano was a former radio station executive in Juarez.
“The other persons will be transferred when we get the permits. Mr. Manzano will be going home either today and tomorrow. His funeral services are scheduled for Thursday” at the Perches Funeral Home on Lopez Mateos Avenue in Juarez, Navarro said.
Navarro wouldn’t disclose yet who are the other two victims being transferred to Juarez later this week.
Eight Mexican citizens were among the 22 people murdered Saturday morning at the Walmart next to Cielo Vista Mall by a gunman who drove 10 hours from Allen, Texas, with a rifle. The gunman allegedly published a manifesto online decrying the immigrant “invasion” and Texas becoming increasingly Hispanic.
The alleged gunman, Patrick Crusius, 21, faces capital murder charges in El Paso. El Paso County prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.