…with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

• The Associated Press reports that “Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a mass shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt.

“The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the victims of the shooting, many of whom were Latino, and recognizing the ‘binational relationship between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez’ just across the border in Mexico, Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said. The project is expected to take three to four months.”

The story notes that “flowers, crosses and handwritten messages now adorn a makeshift memorial outside one of the store’s entrances. Hundreds of residents have visited in the wake of the shooting, where social workers hand out bottled water and offer counseling services.”

I hope that Walmart allows the people who have been mourning the mass killings the ability to help create that memorial. It needs to be organic, growing up from the community rather than being imposed upon it.