Community bids a final farewell to last victim of Walmart mass shooting

El Paso Strong

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Guillermo Garcia, also known as “Memo” and “Tank” by his family and friends, was called the epitome of El Paso Strong on Monday evening during his funeral services.

“Memo was the epitome of El Paso Strong because out of everyone, he fought the longest and the hardest and he really had so many people rallying around him and his family. … We all wanted him to get through,” said family friend Stephanie Cordero.

As KTSM previously reported, Garcia, who was helping his daughter’s youth soccer team with fundraising outside the Walmart on August 3, was shot multiple times. He was hospitalized in critical condition at Del Sol Medical Center for nine months until his death on April 25.

Cordero told KTSM that despite the pandemic, it was important for Garcia to be honored.

She explained Garcia was a fighter.

“We were all hoping that we were going to look back at this with him, its tough, that it ended this way but he was a warrior and he won many battles,” Cordero said.

“These past eight and a half months were harsh, to say the least, and yet he still blessed us with jokes, smiles, songs, and laughter. He held on as long as he could to bless us just a little more, and he did it out of pure love,” his obituary read.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

California Correspondent Latest Stories

More Salvador Rivera

El Paso Correspondent Latest Stories

More Julian Resendiz

South Texas Correspondent Latest Stories

More Sandra Sanchez

Border Report Correspondents' Stories

Latest Stories

Washington D.C.

More Washington D.C.

About Border Report

The mission of is to provide real-time delivery of the untold local stories about people living, working and migrating along the U.S. border with Mexico. The information is gathered by experienced and trusted Nexstar Media Group journalists hired specifically to cover the border.