Killing of Otis Lawrence Gardner in Texas in 1943


Case summary

Otis Lawrence Gardner (1922-1943), a U.S. Army soldier, was killed by a white sentry at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. The fatal shooting occurred amid rumors of a “race riot” in downtown El Paso.


Date of incident: 1943-06-19
Location: El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
Location type: military installation
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