Minnesota Latinos wrestle with fear, frustration after El Paso killings

Marylu Ramirez (L) chats with a community member at the Fiesta Latina at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) in St. Paul's East Side on Aug. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy Kerem Yucel for MPR News

Marylu Ramirez (L) chats with a community member at the Fiesta Latina at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) in St. Paul's East Side on Aug. 10, 2019. Photo courtesy Kerem Yucel for MPR News

From Sahan Journal.

Growing up in a working class Los Angeles neighborhood taught Filiberto Nolasco Gomez to be cautious about his surroundings, a feeling he says he’s been slowly getting over throughout the years. 

“It’s taken a lot of work to be an adult and not have that anxiety anymore of just a threat around the corner — a cop or a gang member or something,” he said. 

But it came back in full force after he learned about the deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, last weekend. A gunman, who later told police he was targeting Mexicans, killed 22 people, most of them Latinos, and wounded at least two dozen more as they shopped at a local Walmart in the city’s Cielo Vista Mall. 

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