Joel Herrera is a Senior at The University of Texas-El Paso. He is majoring in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. He hopes to write about issues surrounding the borderland of El Paso Texas and Ciudad Juarez. Another interest for Joel is sports journalism.
EL PASO – Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a writer. When I was in high school I was a student who constantly got into trouble for various things, and once an angry teacher asked me what I was going to do with my life. I thought he wanted to open up and talk and I answered him that I wanted to be a writer. He laughed at me and stated: “The way you’re headed, I wouldn’t be surprised if I see you asking for money in the streets and living under a bridge.”
Those words always stuck to me, that is until I enrolled in college. I never finished high school and began working, eventually got married and had a daughter.
CIUDAD JUÁREZ – It had been eight years since the great Spanish bullfighter Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza – one of the best in the world – set foot in Ciudad Juárez. Thousands of people gathered on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in April to cheer him on as he charged the bull on horseback, holding a rejón, a type of pike. So much had changed here since his last appearance. He now rode in the Plaza de Toros Balderas instead of the old Plaza de Toros Monumental, which was demolished and turned into a shopping center. During that eight-year period, thousands of people were murdered here in drug related violence transforming Cd.