On August 3, a 20-year-old man opened fire at an El Paso, Texas shopping center.
According to reports, the shooter killed 20 people and injured many more. One of the people to have lost her life was a 25-year-old mother named Jordan Anchondo.
According to Boston.com, her husband, André Anchondo, and Jordan, a mom of three, were at the crowded Walmart with their 2-month-old son buying back-to-school supplies. Hours later, Anchondo’s sister, Leta, learned the 25-year-old had passed away.
She was at a local hospital with her 2-month-old nephew, who suffered broken bones during the shooting, when she talked with the Associated Press.
As Leta explained, her nephew survived the shooting because of his mom:
“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him. So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”
At the time Leta talked with the AP, she hadn’t received confirmation about her brother-in-law. However, at the time, Leta said she also hadn’t heard from him since the shooting took place:
“They said that if he were alive, more than likely he would have gotten in contact by now.”
Sadly, as NBC News reports, relatives of Andre have since received confirmation that he was also one of the 20 victims to have died in the shooting. Jordan’s father believes Andre laid on top of his wife, while she laid on top of their son, Paul.
As Leta explained, Jordan and André had just dropped their 5-year-old daughter off at cheerleading practice before heading to the Walmart. A friend of Andre’s told Yahoo! News that Andre had finally started turning his life around before it was cut short.
Koteiba “Koti” Azzam said Andre had “struggles with drug dependency and run-ins with the law,” but had recently started a successful business and was working hard at creating a good life for his family and himself.
Azzam admitted that the current events “makes you question your faith almost. But God didn’t have a part in it. The hands of man altered my friends’ lives in a drastic way.”
Unfortunately, the massacre at the El Paso Walmart was just one of the mass shootings to take place in the United States this week. Nine people were killed, and more were injured in a Dayton, Ohio nightclub when a gunman opened fire on August 4.
As CNN reports, authorities said one of the nine victims was the gunman’s sister.
Jordan’s family called the mom “incredible” and someone with a personality that could “light up a room.” Paul suffered two fractures and some bruising, but as NBC News reports, he is expected to make a full recovery.