Writer’s Note: There have been multiple times this week when I have felt the need to throw up. The many shootings on top of the daily deaths in Chicago and Brooklyn was overwhelming, to say the least. I should start by saying that this article was already in development before the El Paso, Dayton, Brooklyn and Chicago shootings occurred. It is important that we think about everything that I mention in this article, even when gun violence scenarios aren’t in the headlines. It’s also important to recognize that not all shootings make the news, and while I am addressing some of the recent mass shootings in this article, please don’t forget about the gun violence in Chicago, Baltimore, Oakland, and more communities where gun violence is a daily occurrence, as well as police violence, which is another form of gun violence. Finally, you will notice that there are a few parts in this article that have brackets- these are the pieces of the article that I was forced to add after the senseless shootings that have occurred since I began writing this article. Gun violence must stop.
Another mass shooting occurred on Sunday at the Gilroy Garlic Festival [and on Saturday in El Paso and Sunday in Dayton and Chicago and Monday in Brooklyn]. Media jumped at the story of the 3 dead and 12 injured [and the 31 who were killed in El Paso and Dayton]. The news articles flooded the internet with details of the horrific traged[ies] that so recently occurred. Hashtags begin trending on social media.
You might have seen a hashtag #NoNotoriety following a shooting. But what does this mean? No Notoriety means that you shouldn't post or share anything that gives the shooter more attention. Never post or share anything that displays a picture of the shooter or their name. By posting pictures or any information about the shooter, you are contributing to spreading their name, even if it's unintentional. Instead, post information about the victims. Share their pictures and their names. Share information about who they were- their hobbies, their personalities, their dreams that will never have the chance to come true.
Some media outlets have gotten better at following the No Notoriety guidelines, by posting information about the victims and survivors, and not identifying the shooter by name or picture. But some haven't. Pay attention to your local paper or any online publications. If they name the shooter, or display the shooter's picture, call them out on it. Email them, call their office, whatever is necessary to get the publication to remove or edit the article, and understand why it is wrong to identify the shooter by name/picture and what they should be doing in the future.
This may seem small, but it is always important. It's about more than just the media- it's about honoring the victims and survivors of this tragedy, and not focusing our attention on the one who stole mothers, fathers, sisters, brother, grandmas, grandpas, and friends. Below you will find short paragraphs of information on the victims. I encourage you to read and learn about the victims to honor them, instead of focusing your attention on the shooter.
Stephen was just six years old and was attending the Garlic Festival in Gilroy with his mother and grandmother. He was very talkative and energetic, and had just graduated from kindergarten. “He was such a vibrant little boy, full of energy and life,” said a long-time neighbor of the family. His grandma described him as “always kind, happy and playful.”
Keyla was 13 and was from San Jose.
Trevor was a graduate of Keuka College, where he majored in biology. He was described as a “bright light to all who knew him” in a post on his GoFundMe page.
Jordan and Andre Anchondo
Jordan and Andre were doing back to school shopping for their three kids when they were killed. Andre reportedly jumped in front of the shooter, while Jordan died shielding her newborn baby.
Arturo was an Army veteran and a city bus driver. A nephew of his wrote, “He was an amazing husband, son, brother, godfather and uncle.”
Leonard Cipeda Campos and Maribel Hernandez
Leo and Maribel were a married couple. Leo had attended the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo School District and was described as a “great athlete and friend to many” by the school board president.
Raul and Maria Flores
Raul and Maria had met in Mexico and were married for 60 years. They retired in El Paso after raising their family in California.
Jorge Calvillo Garcia
Jorge was from Mexico and was visiting his son and granddaughter in El Paso. Jorge died shielding his granddaughter's soccer team, as they were raising money outside of Walmart.
Adolfo Cerros Hernandez and Sara Esther Regalado
Adolfo and Sara were a couple.
Alexander Gerhard Hoffman
Alexander was a citizen of Germany
David Alvah Johnson
David’s nephew says that he “smiled with his eyes” and was a welcoming man. He was killed shielding his wife and granddaughter.
Luis Alfonzo Juarez
Luis was shopping for groceries with his wife of over 70 years. He was the oldest victim in the shooting and KTSM says that he was described as an “amazing human being, loving, calm, and big-hearted” by his family.
Maria Eugenia Legarreta Rothe
Maria was from Chihuahua in Mexico from a business family. She had traveled to El Paso to pick up her daughter from the airport.
Elsa Libera Marquez
Elsa was from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and worked as a special education teacher. She would cross the border every week to visit her family in El Paso, according to press reports.
Ivan Hilierto Manzano
Ivan was from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and was a husband and father who worked in marketing and sales and often ran in marathons. He had two children.
Gloria Irma Marquez
Gloria was from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and worked as a schoolteacher. She had four children, and she was a dedicated mother and grandmother according to her niece.
Margie had been married to her husband for over 20 years, and he described her as “an angel.”
Javier was 15 years old, and was the youngest to be killed in the shooting. He loved to play soccer and was a good student.
Teresa Sanchez de Freitas
Teresa was in El Paso visiting from Mexico.
Angelina was known as Angie and had seven children and over 20 grand and great grandchildren. Her grandson described her as “a woman of grit, hard work, perseverance, dedication to family, and her faith in God.” She was a fan of golf, football, and basketball, and was known for her red beans and rice and red chili posole.
Juan and his wife moved to El Paso six months ago and received U.S. citizenship. He died shielding his wife from gunfire.
Megan attended Wright State University and was studying earth sciences. She was supposed to be graduating next year. She is a graduate of Bellbrook High School and she played in the marching band. She was described as having a “very bubbly personality.”
Monica grew up in Springfield and lived in Virginia Beach for some time. She was working for a health insurance company called Anthem, and had recently transferred to Dayton to work from home.
Nicholas P. Cumer
Nicholas had planned to work at the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, following an internship with them where he was supposed to be interning for five more days, to fulfill the final requirement for his masters degree in exercise physiology. Maple Tree’s executive director said that “one of the things that stands out about Nick is that for every single one of his patients, he made them feel that they were the most important person in the world.”
Derrick had spent the day with 100 family members in Springfield for a cookout. Derrick grew up in Springfield with two sisters and three brothers, and he was a cook at many restaurants. he had gone out with his son on Saturday night for a friend’s birthday celebration.
Thomas, also known as Teejay, had two daughters and two sons. He was living with his aunt in Westwood, a neighborhood in Dayton. He was described as a “protector” and a “great father [and] a great brother” by his cousin.
Lois had a six year old daughter and a newborn daughter. She worked at a daycare center and was a former student at Sinclair Community College. She was in drill team and attended church growing up.
Saeed emigrated to Ohio around three years ago from Eritrea. He lived with his wife and daughter in Dayton, and had two other kids who were living with his mother in Eritrea. He held several jobs, including working at a warehouse and driving for a car service.
Logan worked at Thaler Machine Company as a machinist. He had a reputation as one of Thaler’s top employees, though he had only held the job for three years. The president of the company described Logan as “a very positive person with a big smile.”
Beatrice grew up in Wilmington in Delaware and had moved to Virginia. She worked in the Virginia Beach Anthem office, and was in Dayton visiting her friend/co-worker. According to a friend, Beatrice loved to go to Philadelphia Eagles football games and would travel to see her nephew play basketball. “You were guaranteed a laugh or two, and maybe even three, if she was around. She was just full of life,” says the friend of Beatrice.
While we may not always know the names and stories of the victims, people are killed by gun violence every day in Chicago, and had its most violent weekend of the year last weekend. 7 were killed and 52 were wounded, including a five year old boy who was sitting in a car when he was shot. 17 people were shot in a matter of two hours on the West Side on Sunday, and according to police, there were 32 separate shootings during the weekend. Demetrius Flowers was one victim of a shooting that occurred at a block party, in which cars pulled up and started shooting, according to Demetrius’ father.
Two men and two women were shot on Monday at a vigil around 2 am. The men were 24 and 33 and the women were in their 40s.