ODESSA, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – An Odessa resident is sending his condolences, to his hometown of El Paso, in a special way.
The weekend’s tragedy in El Paso has now taken the lives of 22 people and injured dozens. For Buddy Munoz, they were neighbors, and they were family.
“That’s my community man. That’s my community, and that’s my hometown. And hearing what happened really devastates me,” expressed Munoz. “Unreal. It’s sickening, you know? It’s sickening. But you know, I think El Paso will get through it.”
He recalls his childhood town to be close-knit and never violent. He says he first heard the news when his brother called, and again later, when his wife received a call from their son stating his girlfriend’s friend was barricaded inside the Walmart. For Munoz, the hours following the news was surreal.
“Trying to get a hold of everyone was something else, you know. Just trying to make sure that everyone was good, just trying to make sure everyone was accounted for. You just never know. We’ve all been to that Walmart, we’ve all been to that Walmart so…”
And while his immediate family and friends are safely home, he says we must never forget those who paid the ultimate price. Munoz quickly turned to what he knows best: he wrote a song to honor the lives of those lost in the rampage.
“Given the circumstance, it’s not a joyful thing you know. But I just hope that it brings some sort of healing to people’s hearts.” said Munoz. “Even though we’re way out here in Odessa, 300 miles away, we still feel the pain of our hometown. Just don’t ever forget the people that… it was written for.”