By Fernie Ceniceros
Editor, Rio Grande Catholic
Guillermo “Memo” Garcia was the final victim to die from the tragedy of August 3rd on Saturday, April 25th. Almost 9 months following the shooting rampage which has now claimed the lives of 23 people.
Bishop Mark Seitz shared who Garcia was during his life that made him a special person. “He was a man who was dedicated to his family and was always willing to dedicate is time to his daughter and her soccer team,” Bishop Seitz said. “It takes a special kind of guy to be willing to do that. I had the opportunity to meet with his wife Jessica and his mother who were strong and dedicated examples of faith,” he added.
Del Sol Medical Center CEO David Shrimp released a statement on Sunday afternoon to express the sadness hospital community at the loss of Garcia.
“After a nearly nine-month fight, our hearts are heavy as we report Guillermo “Memo” Garcia, our last remaining patient being treated from the El Paso shooting, has passed away,’ Shimp shared via email. “His courage, his strength and his story have touched many lives, including those of our caregivers, who tirelessly fought with him and for him every step of the way. We are grieving with his family and with our community,” he ended.
Bishop Seitz added that Memo and his wife Jessica were the first of the victims families to receive the rosaries blessed for them by Pope Francis.
“They were the first two victims that I had the great honor of hand delivering their rosaries from the Holy Father,” Bishop Seitz said. “Jessica was also a recipient since she was also shot during the massacre, and being able to deliver those rosaries to them was truly my honor,” Bishop Seitz said.