EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Over the weekend, the El Paso community came together to celebrate Paul Anchondo’s first birthday.
Sadly, Paul’s parents Andre and Jordan Anchondo will never get the chance to celebrate a birthday with their son. The two died shielding the infant during the Cielo Vista Walmart shooting last August.
“Andre and Jordan should be here right now taking care of their baby,” said Gilberto Luis Anchondo, Paul’s uncle.
However, Paul didn’t celebrate his first birthday alone.
“We came out here to support the little boy who survived the Walmart shooting,” El Paso biker Jose Martinez said.
Paul’s grandfather Gilbert Anchonado stood with him as hundreds and hundreds of El Pasoans drove by saying happy birthday.
“It’s out of this world what happened here,” Gilbert Anchondo said.
Paul was dressed up as a prince.
“The outfit says that he’s a prince but he became the prince of El Paso,” Gilbert said.
Eduardo Prieto, president of Muertos MC motorcycle club, said he grew up with the Anchondos. Muertos MC wanted to do something special for Paul’s birthday.
“Well this is going to be his first birthday and it’s unfortunate that his parents are not going to be here for his first birthday so we want to give him something to look back and show that not only does he have his families support but the support of the community,” Prieto said.
The family says they were expecting some of the community to drive by but were never expecting it would be so many.
“We know that the community has been behind him all this time with their support you know phone calls and cards they haven’t forgotten what happened,” Gilbert said.
Many of the parade participants said they will never forget about Paul Anchondo and plan to continue to show their support in the years to come.
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