As they exhaust pandemic aid and see no end to the economic crisis that has crushed their income, more El Paso businesses are closing permanently.

As measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic push into the fall, local nonprofits are having to rethink their large annual fundraisers, debate whether to have them at all and brace for the financial impact.

Monday morning, on the anniversary of the Aug. 3, 2019 shooting, Walmart employees met and embraced in the parking lot as the store held a private remembrance event for the victims, families and employees impacted by the tragedy – the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern U.S. history.

A new synagogue will open in West El Paso at the end of August, and Jewish leaders say the new space will help expand services for the community during the time of social distancing.

The Classroom Fund, a project of the El Paso Community Foundation, handed out almost $60,000 in grants to 66 teachers from schools across El Paso and Las Cruces on July 27.

Antoinette Rodriguez’s last in-person home visit was March 6, when she drove 50 miles to see a mother and her eight children in Standing Rock, on the Navajo Nation. Five days later, the mother inexplicably disappeared, leaving the children’s grandmother and uncle to care for the kids.

On Aug. 3, celebrities and politicians across the internet joined El Paso in remembering the 2019 shooting that left 23 dead and dozens injured. 

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