Local 10 News,
August 4, 2019-
PARKLAND, Fla. – Had it not been for the 2018 Valentines Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Joaquin Oliver would be celebrating his 19th birthday on Sunday. Instead, his father is painting a mural in his honor at the city where 20 people were killed at a mall in Texas and on the day 9 others were killed outside of a bar in Ohio.
As fate would have it, Joaquin’s parents, Manuel and Patricia Oliver, were in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico on Saturday when another deranged young man got a hold of a rifle to kill unarmed civilians. The grieving parents were set to paint at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, Texas, where the community was in mourning. “This is the second time that I am in a situation where there is a mass shooting close to me,” Manuel Oliver said about the dreadful coincidence.During 13 hours, 29 people died in two mass shootings in the United States and Manuel and Patricia Oliver were in shock.