Widow of Army veteran killed in El Paso shooting joins lawsuit against Walmart

Arturo Benavides (Courtesy photo)

Patricia Benavides, whose husband, Arturo, was killed in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, is joining a lawsuit against Walmart with other families who lost loved ones.

Benavides joined the civil lawsuit against Walmart and the shooting suspect Friday morning. The case is in El Paso County's 448th Judicial District with Judge Sergio Enriquez presiding.

She is seeking all damages permitted under Texas law, according to court documents. Her husband was one of 22 people killed in the shooting; 25 others were wounded.

She is represented by Randall Sorrels of the Houston-based Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz law firm.

"Plaintiff Intervenor Patricia Benavides has unfortunately experienced mental anguish, meaning emotional pain, torment, and suffering caused by the death of her husband, Arturo Benavides," the lawsuit states. "This pecuniary loss, loss of companionship and society, and mental anguish, in reasonable probability, will be sustained in the future."

Benavides is joining the families of Maribel Hernandez Loya and Leonardo Campos, who also were killed in the attack. The two were married and living in El Paso.

Aurora Bonilla Hernandez, the mother of Marbiel Loya and Ilda Campos, the mother of Leonardo Campos, are also suing.

Jessica and Guillermo Garcias, who were both severely injured in the mass shooting, filed the lawsuit against Walmart on Aug. 30 in the court.

Their lawsuit is not seeking monetary compensation but is demanding answers as to why Walmart did not have armed security or measures in place to prevent the shooting.

Representatives for the Garcias were allowed into the store at the end of September to investigate the scene of the massacre.

Walmart filed a cross claim that the loss of life and harm from the mass shooting was solely caused by suspect, Patrick Crusius, and that he alone "carried out a campaign of violence and murder."

"We will never forget this tragic event, and our condolences continue to go out to the everyone who was affected," Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said. "Safety is a top priority and we care deeply about our associates and customers. We will respond as appropriate with the court."

The El Paso City Council unanimously voted to name an East Side Sun Metro transfer center after Arturo Benavides on Oct. 15. The East Side Sun Metro Transit Center at 1165 Sunmount Drive is just behind the Cielo Vista-area Walmart where the shooting occurred.

The center now will be called the Arturo "Tury" Benavides East Side Transfer Center. Patricia Benavides accepted a plaque commemorating the renaming of the center during the council meeting.


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T-38 Talon training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.

The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.

The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.

An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.

Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.

Read the entire message below:

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.

Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.

Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.

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