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Mystery hero’s reunion with family of baby saved in Walmart mass shooting is postponed

EL PASO, Texas -- A reunion that was months in the making has now been put on hold.

Lazaro Ponce, the man who authorities say saved a two-month-old baby boy during the Aug. 3 El Paso Walmart mass shooting, was set to meet with the baby's family on Friday.

The trip is now being postponed, but the Anchondo family says one day they would still like to meet the mystery man.

What would the Anchondo family say to the complete stranger who turned into their hero?

"The first thing I would like to do is shake his hand and give him a big hug, being thankful for the courage that he had," said Gilbert Anchondo, the grandfather of baby Paul Gilbert.

Ponce says he was homeless at the time of the shooting, but now lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

As for baby Paul Gilbert, the Anchondo family says he's doing well and is a very happy, now eight-month-old boy.

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Mauricio Casillas

El Paso native Mauricio Casillas co-anchors ABC-7’s Good Morning El Paso.


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