Nov 23, 2019

Memorial dedicated to El Paso shooting victims

People gather at a makeshift memorial honoring victims outside Walmart Aug. 15, in El Paso, Tex. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

A 30-foot memorial was unveiled on Saturday at a public dedication ceremony for the El Paso Walmart mass shooting victims, ABC News reports.

Details: The memorial, named "Grand Candela", consists of 22 individual aluminum arcs that are grouped together and illuminated to resemble a candle. The arcs on the permanent monument represent the 22 people who died in the attack.

What they're saying:

"Nothing will erase the pain of August third. The memory of that will stay with us forever ... For many of those gathered here today, August third will be remembered as the day they lost loved ones,"
— Todd Peterson, Walmart regional manager who oversees the El Paso store, to a crowd at the ceremony

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Thousands of Brazilians seeking asylum in the U.S.

Migrants mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and Brazil prepare cots to sleep on. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nearly 17,000 Brazilian migrants have passed through El Paso, Texas in the past year, with many claiming fear of persecution or extreme economic hardship, AP reports.

Why it matters: Nationwide, 18,00 Brazilians were apprehended in the fiscal year ending in October — up 600% from 2016, per AP. The increase in Brazilian migrants coming to the U.S. highlights the Trump administration's efforts to block legal immigration for people who claim they are being persecuted, AP writes.

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Fresno mass shooting: What we know so far

Police in Fresno, California, said at least four people were killed and six others wounded in a backyard shooting on Sunday evening, local news outlets first reported. "No suspect is in custody," AP reports.

Details: Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said in an initial briefing that the suspect had entered the property in the city that's southeast of Sacramento and opened fire during a football watch party about 6 pm. Deputy Chief Michael Reid later told reporters that three people died at the home, where "at least 35 people" were present.

Go deeperArrowNov 18, 2019

Las Vegas mass shooting claims 59th victim, two years on

Tags outside Las Vegas Village bearing the names of those killed in the 2017 massacre. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

California woman Kimberly Gervais has become the 59th person to die from injuries sustained in the Las Vegas shooting massacre, a coroner confirmed in a statement on Monday.

Why it matters: The shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, which occurred when a gunman opened fire from his Mandalay Bay hotel room before killing himself, is the deadliest in modern U.S. history.

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