Couple with Kansas history hospitalized in El Paso shooting

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EL PASO, Texas -

Norma and Donald Coca frantically drove to El Paso the moment they heard the news.

“Never in my wildest dreams,” Norma Coca said. “I don’t know what to feel. I just don’t understand.”

The Coca’s daughter Jessica Coca Garcia and her husband Memo Garcia were caught in the gunfire at the El Paso Walmart Saturday. They were running a fundraiser for their daughter’s soccer team.

While Jessica has already recovered from a surgery and is in good condition, Memo’s recovery hasn’t been as easy. He was shot in the back and after four surgeries, remains in critical condition.

“He’s a fighter,” Donald Coca said. “He’s going to do well. We just need a lot of prayers for him and they’re going to need a lot of rebuilding.”

The shooting has been traumatic for the whole family. Their grandchildren were also at the Walmart and they saw their mother get shot and they even heard the suspect’s voice.

“They’re crying because they saw everything,” Norma said. “The lady dying, their parents getting shot.”

“My granddaughter told me the shooter entered, pulled the fire alarm, tried to get people to exit so he could shoot more people,” Donald said. “Was hollering out at them which was traumatizing to her. He said ‘Come on out so I can get you.’ And she could hear his voice which is going to take a lot of healing.”

In the midst of that healing, the Cocas are grateful for the support of strangers.

“There were no ambulances available and some unknown man, whoever you are, thank you. He stuck her in a cart and drove her here (the hospital),” he said. “And probably saved her life. She could have bled out.”

But they are still wondering why any of this happened.

“How evil can somebody be? Gutless? Cruel? Shooting at little kids, the elderly, you don’t know. What is that all about?” Donald said.

As of 10 p.m. Monday, $9,396 of the $10,000 goal had been raised on a GoFundMe site established by a family friend.

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