EPT: Cathedral High School students cope after classmates killed in Juarez

"A new student organization at Cathedral High School is working to keep more than just the memories of two slain classmates alive.

It's looking to keep hope alive.

'We don't want them to have died in vain. We want them to be remembered,' said 17-year-old Carlos Gomez, president of the Hope Without Borders student organization. 'We hope El Paso comes together to support our sister city and all victims of crime in our region.'

Members of Hope Without Borders at the private school for boys will work to educate youth about the impact of crime on others, what they can do to support crime victims and the importance of grieving.

The group was formed this fall after students sought a way to cope with the deaths last year of two of their friends and classmates.

Carlos Mario Gonzalez Bermudez, 16, a sophomore at Cathedral, and Juan Carlos Echeverri Jr., 15, a sophomore at Radford School, were killed at a used-car dealership in Juárez in February. Like many of their classmates, Bermudez and Echeverri lived in Juárez but attended the private schools in El Paso.

'It truly hit them hard, and as a parent I hope it helps their healing,' said Gomez's mother, Margarita Gomez, a licensed grief counselor and parent volunteer at Cathedral.

'I'm very proud of them for trying to make a difference in the community, for not letting this tragic event go without something positive coming out of it,' she said." Read more …


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