Bishop Mark Seitz holds a prayer vigil to distribute rosaries to victims and family members of the Aug. 3, 2019 Walmart shooting given to him by Pope Francis Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.

El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas – The last remaining patient hospitalized since the El Paso Walmart shooting in August has died, a hospital official said Sunday.

Guillermo “Memo” Garcia, a youth soccer coach, had been hospitalized since the Aug. 3 mass shooting that killed 22 others.

“After a nearly nine-month fight, our hearts are heavy as we report Guillermo ‘Memo’ Garcia, our last remaining patient being treated from the El Paso shooting, has passed away,” David Shimp, chief executive officer for Del Sol Medical Center said in a statement.

“His courage, his strength and his story have touched many lives, including those of our caregivers, who tirelessly fought with him and for him every step of the way. We are grieving with his family and with our community.”

His soccer team was fundraising outside the store when a gunman opened fire in an attack that federal prosecutors have described as a hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism targeting Latinos.

More than two dozen men, women and children were also wounded in the mass shooting.

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