Co-Worker Speaks on Death of PSJA Alum Killed in El Paso Shooting
EL PASO - A coworker of a Valley man, Leo Campos, who died in El Paso's shooting says their workplace doesn't feel the same.
His loss was one of a few that affected their office.
At the foot of Leo Campos' cross raised in a makeshift memorial outside the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Diana Murillo quietly reflects on her last interaction with her VA coworker.
"I was leaving and me and my other friend were going to eat Applebees. And he saw me from afar and he's like, 'Have a great weekend!' And I laughed and I said, 'Seriously?' And he said, 'Netflix today?' And I said, 'Yeah. Netflix today and stay home.' He was like, 'Me too.' He just said, 'Tomorrow shopping. Sunday shopping.' And he said, 'You know why, right? And I said, 'Why?' 'Cause it's payday!' And I started laughing. And I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'Have a great weekend. See you Sunday.'”
Those were the last words they exchanged.
Campos, like so many other El Pasoans, did their shopping at that popular Walmart location.
It's also frequented by those from their sister city in Juarez.
"A lot of people from Mexico, they come here. It's known as the Walmart for the people to that are crossing the border," explains Murillo.
A gunman decided to open fire.
Among the 22 people killed and 27 injured were Murillo's friend, Leo, and his wife.
She remembers him as the kind of employee who really meant it when he greeted his coworkers with a 'Good morning.'
"It's like he was a motivational person. I told him one time, 'Why are you so happy? You're just always smiling. I don't get it.' And he was just like, 'Tomorrow is never promised. Tomorrow is never promised.'"
The workplace feels different now.
The mood is somber and uneasy.
They're not just mourning Leo, his wife, and their adult son who is now without both parents.
"It's like we lost a brother and one of our sister's is fighting for her life," Murillo adds.
Coworkers are concerned about the recovery of another employee.
“Another coworker, Michelle. She was shot. From what I hear she had surgery Sunday. She lived in my apartments. I would see her all the time," says Murillo.
Relief is hard to find at the memorial naming all the people whose lives were cut short. Yet, there is something for which Diana Murillo's family is grateful.
She was heading to that Walmart on Saturday morning to try and beat the rush.
"I was at the lights. The light was just taking forever, forever, forever. And I was just like, okay. So I just said I'm just going to my mom's house. And I made that u-turn."
Thirty minutes later, she started receiving messages informing her of the shooting at Walmart.
She says she's the kind of shopper that will spend hours buying her groceries.
She's certain she would have been at the Walmart at the time of the shooting had it not been for that last-minute change of mind.