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13-year-old El Paso boy raising money for mass shooting victims through artwork

Erik Elken

A 13-year-old El Paso boy is raising money for the victims of the Aug. 3 mass shooting through his own artwork.

Erik P. has already painted more than 30 pieces of art depicting the ‘El Paso Strong’ theme. He says he knew he wanted to do something the morning after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Walmart.

“What came to mind was that I should do something to help those families in need,” he said. “What I decided to do was paint different designs of El Paso Strong and sell those paintings.”

Erik’s love for art started at an early age. Two years ago he started making clay figures and even started his own YouTube channel.

But his most recent artwork has taken on a new meaning.

“The first couple paintings I sold, I got at least $100 out of it. That’s when I knew I could make a lot for the community.”

Erik’s now raised more than $700 and has set a new goal of $1,000. The proceeds will go to the El Paso Community Foundation Victims’ Relief Fund.

Each painting is signed with his initials — EP.

Erik says he hopes the funds raised helps the victims’ families “feel comfortable and know that they didn’t lose anyone without help.”

If you would like to purchase a painting, click here to get in touch with Erik and his family.

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