Walmart announced Thursday it will reopen its El Paso store where a young gunman killed 22 people and wounded 24 early this month.
But not right away: the interior of the store will be fully renovated, a task that will take up to four months, reports the Associated Press.
The renovation will include a memorial to the shooting victims, replacing a large makeshift memorial created by mourners outside the store.
Most of the victims were Hispanic, including at least eight Mexican nationals from just across the border in Cuidad Juarez.
“Nothing will erase the pain of Aug. 3 and we’re hopeful that reopening the store will be another testament to the strength and resiliency that has characterized the El Paso community in the wake of this tragedy,” said a Walmart spokesman at the retailing giant’s headquarters in Arkansas.
The mass killing is widely believed to have been a hate crime, and the Justice Department says it is investigating the case as domestic terrorism.
The suspect — Patrick Crusius, 21, from suburban Dallas — is thought to have written what the AP calls “an anti-Latino screed” that “criticized race-mixing and called Hispanics ‘invaders,’” shortly before the shooting. President Trump has used the same word to describe migrants who cross the southern border illegally.
Crusius is expected to be charged by both federal and local authorities with capital murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. He is currently under suicide watch at an El Paso jail.