EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) – Luis Calvillo stands on the sidelines. He is in his element. He is at peace – he does what he loves.

The EP Fusion Soccer team’s head coach is two years away from the day he was shot multiple times in front of the Cielo Vista Walmart.

Some of his players were also there that day. They all survived, but their lives were changed forever.

“My team is a very strong group of girls,” said Calvillo. “After it all happened, they couldn’t stop them. I am very grateful that I can stand in these fields to play and train with them.” You not only coach them in life, but also in the sport they love. “

Calvillo lost his father Jorge Calvillo García on August 3, 2019. Calvillo still feels his father’s presence to this day.

“He always stands by me … and guides me on the right paths to move forward and get on with life,” he said.

The team now has its own field to play and train on in the far east of El Paso. Your bond will grow stronger over time. They survived a hateful attack.

“Instead of dividing ourselves, we have become a stronger community. That’s why El Paso means Strong – that’s why it means so much to me. Instead of turning our backs on us, we hugged, ”said Calvillo.

To honor the 23 victims of the shooting, the team recently unveiled a new mural on their practice site. It has the letters “El Paso Strong”, shows soccer balls as clouds, and contains 23 stars – one for each of the victims.

“When I saw it in person with my own eyes, it felt like these 23 lives were around me and looking at it at the same time,” said Calvillo.

He invites the community to visit the mural and think about what we’ve been through for the past two years.

“I felt we had to do something symbolic for the lives we lost and come to El Paso and show them respect. The mural only symbolizes who we are for our team and the unity we have. “

The mural is located at 12800 Veta Rica Avenue in the far east of El Paso. It was painted by the local artist Fernando Fernandez.