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El Paso opening healing center after attack that killed 22

1 year 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, August 06 2019 Aug 6, 2019 August 06, 2019 9:25 AM August 06, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - The Texas border city still reeling from a weekend mass shooting in which 22 people were killed is opening a community center to help residents grieve.

El Paso officials announced Tuesday visitors to the center can receive counseling, travel assistance and financial support. Fire Chief Mario D'Agostino says anyone who needs to talk or who needs help moving forward from the tragedy is welcome.

The death toll in Saturday's shooting nearly matches the number of homicides El Paso had in all of 2018. Authorities have charged 21-year-old Patrick Crusius with capital murder.

Authorities say Crusius drove more than 10 hours to the border from his hometown near Dallas. A racist, anti-Hispanic screed was posted online before the shooting in the mostly Latino city of 700,000 people.

President Donald Trump will visit El Paso on Wednesday.

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