EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Paul Anchondo will never get the chance to celebrate a birthday with his parents, Andre and Jordan Anchondo. The two died shielding him during the mass shooting Aug. 3 at Walmart in East El Paso.
Paul turned 1 on Saturday, and while he wasn’t alone, it was an emotional day for those closest to him.
“Andre and Jordan should be here right now taking care of their baby,” said uncle Gilberto Luis Anchondo.
Paul’s grandfather, Gilbert Anchondo, stood with him as hundreds and hundreds of El Pasoans drove by to wish Paul a Happy Birthday. Paul was dressed up as a prince.
“It’s out of this world what happened here,” Gilbert Anchondo said. “The outfit says that he’s a prince but he became the prince of El Paso.”
“We came out here to support the little boy who survived the Walmart shooting,” said Jose Martinez, an El Paso motorcyclist.
The president of Muertos MC motorcycle club says he grew up with the Anchondos, and the club wanted to do something special for Paul’s birthday.
“Well this is going to be his first birthday and it’s unfortunate that his parents are not going to be here for his first birthday so we want to give him something to look back and show that not only does he have his families support but the support of the community,” said Eduardo Prieto, president of Muertos MC.
The family said they were expecting some members of the community to drive by but never thought so many people would show up.
“We know that the community has been behind him all this time with their support, you know, phone calls and cards they haven’t forgotten what happened,” Gilbert Anchondo said.
Many of the parade participants said they will never forget about Baby Paul and plan to continue to show their support in the years to come.