Guillermo “Memo” Garcia died Saturday night at the Del Sol medical center in El Paso, the hospital and Miriah Soliz, a lawyer representing the family in a civil lawsuit against the retailer, told CNN.
He was the last patient to remain in hospital since the August 3 shooting, the hospital said.
“After a fight of almost nine months, our hearts are heavy as we bring back Guillermo” Memo “Garcia, our last patient still treated after the shooting of El Paso, died,” said David Shimp, general manager of hospital. A declaration.
“His courage, strength and history touched many lives, including those of our caregivers, who fought tirelessly with him and for him every step of the way. We are in mourning with his family and our community. “
Garcia is now the 23rd victim of mass shooting in August. He was outside the store with his wife Jessica and their two children to raise money for the El Paso Fusion soccer club – his daughter’s soccer team he helped coach – when a shooter opened fire, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more.
The suspect, Patrick Crusius, remains in detention and has been charged with 90 federal counts, including hate crimes, according to court documents.
The Garcia family is one of several families and individuals who have sued Walmart, accusing the retailer of not having provided adequate security to protect its customers. The trial is still ongoing.
Family lawyers Robert Ammons and Patrick Luff say Garcia has had several surgeries since the shooting after at least one bullet hit his spine.
He and his wife were shot several times “while their children watched in horror,” said the lawyers. Jessica Garcia was hospitalized for gunshot wounds, but was released.
Luis Calvillo, a friend of Garcia and another coach of the women’s football team, wrote a brief message about the death of Garcia.
“On behalf of Jessica Garcia and with her permission, I would ask everyone to keep her and her children in your prayers,” wrote Calvillo on Facebook. “Also, if we can give her a little time for herself and her family to cry, I will really appreciate it. I thank everyone for their support during these difficult times. “