EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — As the families of 22 people killed in the El Paso Walmart mass shooting prepare to lay to rest their loved ones in the coming days, KTSM attended a vigil where friends and family gathered to remember 41-year-old Leonardo Campos, a native of McAllen, Texas.
“He was a great role model, always pushing me to do the right things,” his brother, David Campos, said Thursday night. “He used to coach me and a bunch of my friends’ little league. So, everyone knows him as ‘Coach Campos.'”
David Campos told KTSM that Leonardo Campos moved to El Paso about five years ago, and within that short time, touched the hearts of many, including his coworkers who still can’t accept he’s gone.
“I waited for my coffee every morning. It’s hard to go to work, it’s really, really hard to go to work,” said Cynthia Richardson, Campos’ boss at TriWest.
“He was just an unbelievable person. I can’t even explain in words what he meant to me, what he meant to TriWest. I know a lot of people are hurting,” said Michelle Montoya, another TriWest coworker.
His mother and family were overwhelmed by the show of support from the El Paso community, finding comfort in those consoling them.
“Somebody from the Valley came to a different city and impacted so many lives which to me and my mom, it amazes us,” David Campos added.
But Leonardo Campos never failed to let others know about his beloved hometown.
“He was very proud
A life taken too soon, and a day his family wishes had never come.
“I was at home and they called my other brother and he broke down the news for my mom and I was there when he told my mom. It was just heartbreaking,” David Campos said. “We see these types of things happen and you never expect it’s going to happen to you and suddenly it happens to you and it’s like a nightmare, and you can’t wake up from it.”
Leonardo Campos was described as an amazing son, brother, husband, stepfather
“He was always someone I can turn to, like a second father. That’s probably what I am going to miss most, missing his phone calls,” David Campos said as he fought to hold back tears.
The Campos family also told KTSM Leonardo was studying to be a teacher and planned on returning to the Rio Grande Valley to teach and coach young children.
Campos’ wife, Maribel, also died in the Walmart shooting. She will be laid to rest this weekend.