The individual – who has no right to be referred by their name – personifies the very definition of a coward. As El Paso and Dayton residents mourn their lost loved ones today, one of the murderers sits in a jail cell. This individual personifies the very definition of a coward.

Not only did they drive over nine hours to kill Hispanics/Mexicans because of hatred, but like a coward, did not give those they targeted the opportunity to defend themselves. The murderer entered and shot at people because of the color of their skin.

The killer decided to kill simply because of the color of the skin of their victims were different from their own. Who drove them to do this? What drove them to do this? Who cares because the individual has lost the right to be treated as a fellow human.

Killing because people have a different skin color is, in itself, a coward.

But the coward wasn’t finished being a coward.

No, the coward had to double down on being a coward.

The coward, after killing people because he was driven by hate, carefully walked back to their car, put away their gun, and…

No, they did not flee.

Not they did not end their miserable existence.

Instead, the coward drove to a law enforcement officer, left their gun in their car, and quietly walked up to the officer and turned themselves in.

The coward was too coward to face the ramifications of their act of terror and sought the protection of the police to keep them safe.

That is correct, the coward was too afraid to confront their cowardly act, so they went to the police to be protected.

That is the very definition of a coward.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...