Jordan and her husband Andre lost their lives during the mass shooting at El Paso. "What happened to their new beautiful family is devastating."
One of the 20 people killed in the El Paso mass shooting was a 25-year-old mother trying to shield her 2-month-old son, reports Associated Press. She was shot while she was trying to save her baby's life, said her sister. 19-year-old Leta Jamrowski learned that her sister Jordan Anchondo had been shot to death at Walmart while shopping for back-to-school supplies earlier on Saturday.
Jamrowski is said to have spoken to AP when she was at the hospital, as her nephew was being treated for broken bones.
Why!!!!!!! Why did #JordanAnchondo have to die!!!! Why did she have to shield her baby from violence & terror... Why couldn’t this beautiful young mother go to the store and safely return home to her family. Why!!!!!!!!!— 🅼🅴🅴🆈🅰🧕🏽 (@ilmeeyat) August 4, 2019
This is horrible!🤦🏽♀️🤬💔🙏🏽 https://t.co/hV5O4o49le
“From the baby’s injuries, they said that more than likely my sister was trying to shield him,” she said. “So when she got shot she was holding him and she fell on him, so that’s why he broke some of his bones. So he pretty much lived because she gave her life.”
Jordan was the mother of three children. Jamrowski also desperately waited to hear something about her brother-in-law Andre Anchondo, and whether had survived the attack.
Leta Jamrowski is appealing for information about her brother-in-law Andre Anchondo, who is missing after a mass shooting in El Paso.— Sky News (@SkyNews) August 4, 2019
Her sister Jordan Anchondo was shot dead in the attack.
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“They said that if he were alive, more than likely he would have gotten in contact by now,” Jamrowski said. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said three Mexicans were killed in the shooting. He tweeted Saturday that he sends “condolences to the families of the victims, both American and Mexican.” In an update, Andre Anchondo's brother took to social media to confirm his death.
Rest In Peace Jordan Anchondo. She died in the El Paso shooting while protecting her 2 month old baby. I don't know her...but this heartbreaking story has me in tears. This is terrorism & lax gun laws. Not mental illness. This was preventable. #ElPasoShooting #walmartshooting pic.twitter.com/gG4WfqnldF— 🇨🇦💖Aliya Ciara Scott👑🦄 (@Alicious84) August 4, 2019
A friend of Andre's, named Benjamin Thompson, said he had recently started a business in El Paso that built things from granite and stone, after turning his life around from drug dependence and run-ins with police.
He also added that he had "just finished building a home for his family (with his own two hands nonetheless.)" Thompson, who had not met his friend's wife, said that from what he'd heard about Jordan Anchondo she seemed to be a "happy and family-fueled mother."
A two-month-old baby has broken bones today, because his mother, Jordan Anchondo, died shielding him from a shooter at a Walmart. She had three kids. She was shopping for school supplies https://t.co/K4DDCDWPKe— Sonali Kohli 🙆🏾 (@Sonali_Kohli) August 4, 2019
The Anchondos got married a little more than a year ago and Thompson said Andre Anchondo was moved beyond words when he found out his wife was pregnant with a son. "There was no happier moment in his life and you could tell," Thompson said. "What happened to their new beautiful family is devastating."
Calls about an active shooter at Cielo Vista Mall were made to the police around 10:39 a.m. and first responders arrived six minutes later, El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said Saturday.
This quote from Jordan Anchondo’s aunt Liz Terry:— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) August 4, 2019
"The baby still had her blood on him. You watch these things and see these things and you never think this is going to happen to your family. How do parents go school shopping and then die shielding their baby from bullets?"
Multiple reports state that the store had around 3,000 people inside, and it was reportedly at capacity, during the busy back-to-school shopping season. US Attorney John Bash said authorities will bring federal hate and firearms charges.
“We are treating it as a domestic terrorism case, and we’re gonna do what we do to terrorists in this country, which is deliver swift and certain justice,” Bash said.