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El Paso and Dayton shootings: Who were the victims?

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Image caption Javier Rodriguez had endless positive energy, friends and teachers say

As the US reels from two mass shootings, more details are starting to emerge about the victims of the attacks.

Thirty-one people were killed in a period of less than 13 hours over the weekend. The first shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas killed 22. Nine more died in an attack on a busy nightlife district in Dayton, Ohio.

Here is what we know about the victims.

The victims of El Paso, Texas

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Image caption Javier Rodriguez, 15, wanted to be a pro football player

Javier Rodriguez

The 15-year-old's friends say he could make anyone's day better with his positive energy.

Confirming his death, his aunt, Elvira, posted on Facebook that "many tears were being shed" for the teenager.

His friend Alexis Acosta, told mourners at a vigil: "If my friend was here, he would tell us everything is going to be OK.

"He would say to live on. Don't let the pain take over."

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Image caption Classmates paid tribute at a vigil on Monday night

Javier's teacher, Adrian Barros, told the vigil that "with a small simple smile or a flick of his hair he would light up the room" and that he usually would enter the classroom with a football at his feet.

"I would try to kick it away from him. But he was too quick with his feet," he said.

Javier hoped to be a professional athlete and is thought to be the youngest victim of the El Paso shooting.

"As an athlete he was a fierce competitor on the field but most importantly he was the ultimate team mate," said Mr Barros.

His parents watched from the front row as respects were paid to their fallen son, with Javier's sister, Joanna, trying in vain to comfort their mother. The three members of the Rodriguez family took to the stage as 22 doves were released into the air - one for each victim of the mass shooting.

Jordan and Andre Anchondo

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Media captionGilbert Anchondo says he forgives his son's killer

The young couple had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary and were shopping for back-to-school supplies when they were targeted by the attacker.

They gave their lives to save their two-month-old son, relatives said.

Doctors said the little boy's broken bones suggested his mother Jordan, who was 24, had tried to shield him from the onslaught, falling on him as she was shot; family members said that Andre, 23, tried to shield the mother-of-three as he was fatally injured.

In an interview with the BBC, Andre's father said that he forgave the gunman.

"I forgive him because he was not in his senses. He had the devil inside of him. I'm a great believer and I forgive what he did," Gilbert Anchondo said.

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Image caption Jordan and Andre Anchondo got married last year and were killed in El Paso

Angie Englisbee

The 86-year-old last spoke to her son at 10:30 local time on Saturday morning, while she was in the check-out queue at Walmart.

Minutes later, the gunman entered.

Her distraught daughter was later filmed at the scene, begging for information about her mother.

Her family confirmed to CNN she had died on Sunday.

Leo Campos and Maribel Hernandez

Family confirmed to CBS4 that the couple had died in the shooting on Saturday.

According to the broadcaster, the family first knew something was wrong when the dog groomer called to say they had not picked their pet up.

Elsa Mendoza de la Mora

She was a special-needs teacher who lived just across the border in Ciudad Juárez.

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She came across the border most weekends to visit friends and relatives.

Her husband and son were waiting outside in the car when she was shot and killed.

Arturo Benavides

The 67-year-old bus driver was described to news website Buzzfeed as "a strong-willed, caring, giving, and special person" by his niece, Jacklin Luna.

She had earlier appealed on Facebook for information about her uncle.

He had been out with his wife, who managed to escape.

Iván Filiberto Manzano

From Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, he leaves a wife and two children, aged five and seven.

María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe

From Chihuahua, Mexico, she was in El Paso to pick up her daughter from the airport, but stopped at Walmart on the way to get a few household items.

Gloria Irma Márquez

Also from Ciudad Juárez, she was with a relative in El Paso.

Her niece described her as a "dedicated mother, grandmother and friend".

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Image caption A vigil in El Paso after Saturday's mass shooting

Jorge Calvillo García, of Torreón, Mexico

Sara Esther Regalado and Adolfo Cerros Hernández, of Ciudad Juárez and Aguascalientes, Mexico

Alexander Gerhard Hoffman

The 66-year-old was a German national, officials said

The other victims named by police are US citizens Maria and Raul Flores, both 77, David Johnson, 63, Luis Alfonzo Juarez, 90, Elsa Libera Marquez, 57, Maribel Loya, 56, Margie Reckard, 63, and Juan Velazquez, 77.

The victims of Dayton, Ohio

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Image caption Memorial service in Dayton

Lois Oglesby

A mother of two who worked at a children's nursery in Dayton, the 27-year-old had only recently returned from maternity leave for her second child.

"She was a wonderful mother, a wonderful person," her friend, Derasha Merrett, told the Dayton Daily News. "I have cried so much, I can't cry anymore."

Megan Betts

It is thought that Megan Betts, 22, was one of her brother Connor's first victims. She was studying environmental science.

Saeed Saleh, 38

Derrick Fudge, 57

He was a resident of Springfield, Ohio and was visiting Dayton with his son

Logan Turner, 30

Danita Turner said her son Logan was the "world's best". He had recently got a job as a machinist in nearby Springboro, where he lived.

"He was very generous and loving." she told the Dayton Daily News. "Everyone loved Logan. He was a happy go lucky guy."

Nicholas Cumer, 25

The Pittsburgh-raised man was in Dayton completing an internship when he was killed.

The graduate student, who was in the Masters of Cancer Care programme at Saint Francis University, had just been offered a full-time position by Maple Tree Cancer Alliance.

In a post on Facebook, the organisation paid tribute to his "loving and caring spirit", as well as his dedication to his patients.

His family said they were "heartbroken" by his loss.

Thomas McNichols, 25

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Image caption The 25-year-old had four children

The father-of-four, known as TeeJay, was a "gentle giant" who had got off work and gone out in town with his cousin when he was killed, his aunt Donna Johnson told WHIOTV.

"Everybody loved him. He was like a big kid," she added.

He leaves behind two boys and two girls, aged between two and eight.

Beatrice Warren Curtis, 36

Monica Brickhouse, 39

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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