A week after Texas massacre, El Paso marchers condemn racism

El Paso shooting suspect said he targeted Mexicans, police say

Chanting "gun reform now", "El Paso strong" and "aqui estamos y no nos vamos" - Spanish for "here we are and we are not leaving" - the marchers included Hispanic, white and black people dressed in white to symbolise peace and carrying 22 white wooden crosses to represent the victims of the shooting at an El Paso Walmart.

The affidavit from Detective Adrian Garcia said Crusius waived his right to remain silent and, after being taken into police custody, "The defendant stated his target (was) Mexicans".

United States federal authorities characterize the El Paso massacre as domestic terrorism and Crusius might be charged with a hate crime as well as multiple counts of murder and attempted murder.

Crusius also told police that he drove from where he lived, in Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas, to El Paso, which is more than 10 hours away.

During questioning, police say, the alleged shooter confessed that he planned the rampage and drove almost 10 hours from Allen, Texas, to the border city with the intention of targeting "Mexicans".

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The gunman confessed to officers while he was surrendering and later explained that he had been targeting Mexicans.

Shortly before the attack, authorities believe Crusius posted online, expressing anger about a "Hispanic invasion" of the United States.

Eight of the 22 fatalities were Mexican nationals and Mexico's Foreign Secretary, Marcelo Ebrard, has raised the possibility of seeking Crusius' extradition to face charges south of the border. He has blamed President Donald Trump's rhetoric for spreading fear and hate, leading Trump to tweet that O'Rourke should "be quiet". He is being held without bail, and federal prosecutors are considering charging him with a hate crime.

Just hours later, a gunman wearing body armor and a mask opened fire in a crowded neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine people, including his own sister.

Including the two latest attacks, 126 people had been killed in the 2019 mass shootings. "Our organization has long enjoyed a wonderful following from the people of El Paso, and our wish is that so many others in Texas and around the country will be inspired to assist the loved ones who are grieving".

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