Victims of El Paso Walmart massacre including Army veteran, hero mom who died shielding her baby son, her husband who had been building them a home, and six Mexican nationals

An Army veteran, a 15-year-old boy and a hero mother were among 20 victims of Saturday's shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

A gunman, identified by police as Patrick Crusius, opened fire on the crowded store in what authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism.

The shooter targeted the super-store at the Cielo Vista Mall, a popular shopping destination for people both sides of the US-Mexico border. 

Less than 20 minutes before the shooting, Crusius allegedly uploaded a twisted and seething anti-immigrant manifesto to an online forum outlining his sickening motives and revealing that he intended to target Hispanics.  

At least 20 people were killed and 26 more were injured before Crusius was arrested. 

Witnesses have told how Crusius displayed no expression as he fired at victims.

Witness Robert Jurado told the Washington Post: 'He was, like, all calm.

'He didn't show no remorse.'

Mexican authorities confirmed that seven Mexican nationals were among those killed. 

Arturo Benavides

Arturo Benavides, 60, has been identified as one of the 20 people killed in Saturday's shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas

Arturo Benavides, 60, has been identified as one of the 20 people killed in Saturday's shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas

US Army veteran Arturo Benavides, 60, had been shopping with his wife when gunfire erupted. She managed to escape, but her husband did not. 

Several family members posted to social media over Saturday and Sunday looking for information about the man they knew as 'Turi'. They were heartbroken to learn that he was among the victims.  

Benavides' niece, Jacklin Luna, described her uncle as 'a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person' who well known in the community in the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver.   

'He was the person to always give a helping hand, a home to stay, and a meal,' Luna told Buzzfeed of her uncle on Sunday. 

'He loved each and every one of us in our own ways. Loved oldies on a Sunday morning, sitting out on his chair in the front porch with his dog Milo at his feet.'  

Benavides' niece, Jacklin Luna (above together), described her uncle as 'a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person' who well known in the community in the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver

Benavides' niece, Jacklin Luna (above together), described her uncle as 'a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person' who well known in the community in the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver

Jordan and Andre Anchondo  

Hero mom Jordan Anchondo, 25, was killed while shielding her two-month-old son from bullets.

She was shopping for back-to-school supplies when the attack happened. 

Anchondo's heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski said the mother-of-three fell on top of the infant as she was shot. The boy suffered broken bones and is being treated in a hospital. 

'From the baby's injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,' Jamrowski, 19, told the Associated Press. 

'So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that's why he broke some of his bones.

'He pretty much lived because she gave her life.' 

Jordan's husband Andre was also killed in the attack, the family confirmed Sunday.

A friend recalled that he had recently turned his life around after struggles with drug dependence and run-ins with the law.

The friend, Koteiba "Koti" Azzam said: 'I love the guy. He had the character and the charisma..

Azzam said Anchondo had started a business in El Paso, building things from granite and stone, and made it successful through hard work. 

He also was on the verge of completing a home he was building for his family.

In addition to their two-month-old son, the couple also share two daughters.

Jordan Anchondo, 25, was shot dead while shielding her two-month-old son (above together) from gunfire during the massacre

Jordan Anchondo, 25, was shot dead while shielding her two-month-old son (above together) from gunfire during the massacre

Anchondo's heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski revealed she was among the 20 people killed

The 25-year-old victim is seen in a photo posted to social media

Anchondo's heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski revealed she was among the 20 people killed. The 25-year-old victim is seen left and right in photos posted to social media

Jordan's husband Andre Anchondo (right) was also among the dead

Jordan's husband Andre Anchondo (right) was also among the dead

 

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