25-Year-Old Hero Mother Died Shielding Her Infant Son from El Paso Shooter’s Gunfire — Her Husband Remains Missing

Jordan Anchondo, 25, was shot dead while shielding her two-month-old son (above together) from gunfire during the massacre

An Army veteran, a 15-year-old boy and a hero mother have been identified as three of the 20 victims of Saturday’s shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

Arturo Benavides, 60, was shot when alleged gunman Patrick Crusius opened fire on the store in what authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism.

Benavides had been shopping with his wife when gunfire erupted. She managed to escape, but her husband did not.

Several family members posted to social media over Saturday and Sunday looking for information about the man they knew as ‘Turi’. They were heartbroken to learn that he was among the victims.

Benavides’ niece, Jacklin Luna, described her uncle as ‘a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person’ who well known in the community in the years he spent as a Sun Metro bus driver.

‘He was the person to always give a helping hand, a home to stay, and a meal,’ Luna told Buzzfeed of her uncle on Sunday.

‘He loved each and every one of us in our own ways. Loved oldies on a Sunday morning, sitting out on his chair in the front porch with his dog Milo at his feet.’

Another victim, 25-year-old Jordan Anchondo, was shopping for back-to-school supplies with her two-month-old son when she was shot dead trying to shield him from bullets.

Anchondo’s heartbroken sister Leta Jamrowski said the mother-of-three fell on top of the infant as she was shot. The boy suffered broken bones and is being treated in a hospital.

‘From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,’ Jamrowski, 19, told the Associated Press.

‘So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones.

‘He pretty much lived because she gave her life.’

Jamrowski said she fears her brother-in-law Andre Anchondo, who is Hispanic, was also among the dead because she hasn’t heard from him since the attack.

According to their Facebook profiles, Andre and Jordan live in El Paso and had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary last week.

In addition to their two-month-old son, the couple also share two daughters.

A third victim, 15-year-old Javier Rodriguez, was identified by his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, on Sunday afternoon.

She shared a photo of the boy on Facebook asking for any information about her nephew, only to follow it up two hours later with a confirmation of his death.

‘Thank you to everybody who helped us search for my nephew. We found him,’ she wrote.

‘I just don’t get why ? I know I’ll never have answers. I’m so confused, hurt, mad!!!!! May you Rest In Peace baby boy!!! We love you so much baby!!!!!’

A third victim, 15-year-old Javier Rodriguez, was identified by his aunt, Elvira Rodriguez, on Sunday afternoon.

She shared a photo of the boy on Facebook asking for any information about her nephew, only to follow it up two hours later with a confirmation of his death.

‘Thank you to everybody who helped us search for my nephew. We found him,’ she wrote.

‘I just don’t get why ? I know I’ll never have answers. I’m so confused, hurt, mad!!!!! May you Rest In Peace baby boy!!! We love you so much baby!!!!!’

Surveillance video shows a man believed to be Crusius walking in through the front entrance of the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart with an AK47-styled assault rifle.

The gunman, wearing what appears to be ear defenders and cargo pants, first opened fire in the parking lot outside the store, shooting and killing ‘locals that were fundraising outside the Walmart selling water. Children and adults.’

He then walked through the front door in a calm and confident state, as if he was ‘on a mission’, a witness said.

The twenty-minute massacre that followed would go on to become the eighth deadliest in US history.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Megan Sheets