March in El Paso denouncing racism after mass shooting
Aug 12 2019
Crusius is believed to have posted a racist screed online shortly before the attack in which he railed against an "Hispanic invasion" of the United States.
The man accused of carrying out last weekend's deadly mass shooting at a Walmart in the Texas border city of El Paso confessed to officers while he was surrendering and later explained that he had been targeting Mexicans, authorities say.
Cruisius was booked on capital murder charges.
CNN said it was not known whether the gun the mother inquired about was the same weapon police said was used in Saturday's attack.
"The defendant stated his target (was) Mexicans", the affidavit said. Lawyers for the Crusius family say the call came from his mother.
Sgt. Jon Felty, Allen police spokesman, said there was no record of such a call and he wasn't aware of such a call. "She was concerned about her son buying a weapon online or at a retail establishment", he said.
The mother, the lawyers told the network, did not give police her son's name, and police did not seek any additional information from her before the call ended.
Of the 22 people who died, eight were Mexican nationals. They called the attack an act of terrorism against their citizens on USA soil.
O'Rouke, a former USA congressman who represented a district that includes El Paso, joined more than 100 people in the march, which began at a park and ended at a courthouse, across the street from the jail where Crusius is held. "Many of our employees and most of our visitors live in El Paso, so we've all really been impacted by this bad tragedy".
O'Rourke said the family that invited him to the funeral asked that he not identify the victim. "I'm scared", said Ermelinda Blanco in Spanish.
O'Rourke, who is from El Paso, has blamed President Donald Trump's rhetoric for spreading fear and hate, leading Trump to tweet that O'Rourke should "be quiet".
Crusius is actually from a town over ten hours away from El Paso but chose to go far from home.
The White House could not immediately be reached for comment.
"This individual, he didn't know us", Adame said. "This is purely a effect of the president of the United States being racist toward Mexicans".