Calla Kessler/The New York Times
Calla Kessler/The New York Times

A daughter of Ecuadorean immigrants cried alone in her car.  A Texas lawyer bought a gun to defend his family.

For a number of Latinos across the United States, the shooting attack in El Paso felt like a turning point, calling into question everything they thought they knew about their place in American society.

Whether they are liberal or conservative, speakers of English or Spanish, recent immigrants or descendants of pioneers who put down stakes in the Southwest 400 years ago, many Latinos in interviews this week said they felt deeply shaken at the idea that radicalised white nationalism seemed to have placed them — at least for one bloody weekend — in its crosshairs.

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