Young Mexican boy loses newly fitted wheelchair during El Paso shooting


EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) ⁠— Angel, a young boy from Durango, Mexico, arrived in El Paso on Friday, Aug. 2, to get a wheelchair that was more appropriate for his size and age.

He and his family drove a total of 12 hours to get the wheelchair fitted at BEK Medical, a home medical supply store.

The following day, Angel and his family were eating the McDonald’s inside the Walmart next to Cielo Vista Mall when shots rang out, Dora Williams, president of BEK Medical said. She said the family was scared and they left the wheelchair behind.

“They didn’t know where to go, so they came to us. Our employees kind of helped them out. They wanted to go home,” Williams said. “We wanted them to stay over to see if we could find the chair, but their kids were extremely nervous so they just wanted to drive back home.”

Williams said they told the family they would do their best to find the chair and send it back. With the help of the community, the chair was returned to BEK Medical by Lorena Pacheco.

Pacheco said that same wheelchair helped her brother-in-law in the wake of the mass shooting.

“My brother-in-law was in the corner of the McDonald’s and threw himself on the floor and it seems to be that someone threw the chair over him,” Pacheco said.

Pacheco said that when the police officer helped her brother-in-law and brought the chair out of the store, she took pictures of the wheelchair and asked for people’s help to find the owner.

Williams says that they have found someone to take the wheelchair back to Angel and his family.

“Praise God it’s a blessing and we talked to the family and they are so excited,” Williams said.

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