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El Paso to hold memorial service for shooting victims

Hannah Gliemann shields her candle from the wind during an Interfaith Vigil for El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio mass shooting victims hosted by the Jonesboro local group of the Arkansas Chapter of Moms Demand Action, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the Craighead County Courthouse in Jonesboro, Ark. The vigil featured speakers from several religious and non-religious groups, a 100-seconds of silence, and the lighting of candles to honor the victims of gun violence across the United States. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso will hold a ceremony to memorialize the 22 people killed this month when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the Texas border community.

The city will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. Wednesday to officially honour the victims, whose loved ones have marked their passing with vigils and funeral s in the U.S. and Mexico.

City spokesman Rick Isaias says plans for the service are still taking shape, but the mayors of El Paso and the neighbouring Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez will both speak, along with several religious leaders.

Isaias says officials don’t know how many people with attend, but have made plans for a large crowd. The ceremony will be held at Southwest University Park and broadcast live to four other locations.

The Associated Press