Family mourns Santa Fe native killed in El Paso shooting

New Mexico News

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – An 86-year-old woman who was born and raised in Santa Fe has been identified as one of the El Paso victims.

“My sister actually raised seven children and she had 22 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren,” says Josephine Romero.

Romero says her oldest sister, Angie Engilsbee, was a hardworking, loving woman, and lived in El Paso for the past 60-years. The sisters last spoke with each other six days ago.

“She said, Josephine take care of yourself and I will see you soon. That’s the last word she told me,” says Romero.

On Saturday, the 86-year-old took a trip to Walmart and never made it home. “It’s a norm and it needs to stop. You just never know when it’s going to be a loved one of yours and it hits hard,” says Jennifer Bransford.

Bransford is Angie’s niece. She’s heartbroken she won’t ever be able to tell her aunt how much she loves her again.”Everybody wishes this, but they wish that they could tell them that they loved them one last time for sure,” she says.

Police named 21-year old Patrick Crusius as the suspect who killed 22-people at the El Paso Walmart on Saturday. For Romero, her sister’s death has her wondering, why?

“I wish I could tell him, why did you do this? Look how many people you ruined,” Romero says.

Angie’s niece, Sandi George, will always look at the suspect as the man who took away her aunt from her family. “He has no remorse so I don’t have really good things to say about it,” says George.

However, Bransford believes forgiveness is the only way to heal. “We need to reunite as one and stop racism. We need to love one another more,” says Bransford.

The family plans on holding a funeral for Angie Engilsbee on Friday at the St. Pius Catholic Church in El Paso.

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