“He couldn’t fight anymore, his heart started to fail,” said Idaly Velazquez, a niece who confirmed his passing to Reuters.
A Mexican man who threw himself in front of his wife to shield her from bullets in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, died on Monday, officials and his family said, raising the toll of Mexican nationals killed in one of two weekend mass shootings in the United States to eight.
Juan de Dios Velazquez, 77, had moved to El Paso with his wife Estela Nicolasa, 65, from Ciudad Juarez, just across the border in Mexico, six months before they were caught in Saturday’s mass shooting at a Walmart store.
“He couldn’t fight anymore, his heart started to fail,” said Idaly Velazquez, a niece who confirmed his passing to Reuters. Estela, who was hit in the stomach, was also operated on and is now stable.
The rampage, followed 13 hours later by another in Dayton, Ohio, has sparked outrage in Mexico, where officials are contemplating litigation alleging that the incident was terrorism against Mexicans living in the United States.
That could open the door to an eventual extradition request for the gunman.