From the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center
Speaking through tears on Wednesday, Latinx mourners at a Morristown vigil read aloud the names of the 22 victims shot dead last weekend in El Paso and expressed fears for their own safety.
Participants blamed President Trump for rhetoric that may have incited the shooter, who is believed to have posted an anti-immigrant screed using language similar to the President’s.
“Our center has received threatening anti-immigrant phone calls, and our members have even been threatened at home,” said Karol Y. Ruiz, co-president of the Wind of the Spirit Immigrant Resource Center, which hosted the vigil at its office.
The center has installed security cameras for the safety of staff and volunteers, said Ruiz, who is an attorney.
“For us, fighting for immigrant justice is a calling, it is necessary, and we will not let fear stop us,” she said.
Gloria Blanco, administrator for Wind of the Spirit, expressed compassion for the shooter, calling him “another victim of racist, nativist hate.”
Heavy rain moved the event indoors. Pastor Charles Perez of Dover’s First United Methodist Church closed the vigil with a prayer.