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Beto O’Rourke arrives in Mexico for funeral of El Paso shooting victim

Democratic presidential candidate and former Representative Beto O’Rourke consoled a man at a makeshift memorial honoring victims of a mass shooting.
Democratic presidential candidate and former Representative Beto O’Rourke consoled a man at a makeshift memorial honoring victims of a mass shooting.(Mario Tama/Getty Images/Associated Press)

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has crossed the border into Mexico for the funeral of one of the 22 people killed in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.

The former El Paso congressman said Thursday he came to the border city of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, ‘‘to remind the world that we are a binational community.’’

O’Rourke says the family that invited him to the funeral asked that he not identify the victim.

Mexican officials have said eight of the people killed in Saturday’s attack were Mexican nationals. Authorities believe the 21-year-old suspected gunman posted a racist, anti-immigrant screed online shortly before opening fire.

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Another funeral was scheduled later Thursday for Juárez elementary school principal Elsa Mendoza.