Mother killed, children injured after being hit in front of El Paso school

Kharisma James

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — El Paso Independent School District officials on Tuesday named the mother who was killed in the parking lot of Tippin Elementary School on the first day of school.

Kharisma Aslee James, 33, was killed after she was hit by a vehicle driven by Roger Hawking, 58, Monday afternoon at the West El Paso school, EPISD officials said in a news release.

Hawking has not been charged by police as of Tuesday morning. 

James was an Army veteran and nurse who graduated from El Paso Community College and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

KTSM interviewed James in July 2016 at the opening of an EPCC veterans resource center at the Valle Verde Campus.

The names of the three children, who were injured along with James were not released by EPISD, but they were identified as a 6-year-old girl, 7-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy.

The 6-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl are James’ children, EPISD officials said Tuesday during a press conference. They are still in the hospital with various conditions, EPISD said.

According to James’ Facebook page, she was hired as a nurse with the Hospitals of Providence in Nov. 2017.

She was stationed at Fort Bliss, but left the Army towards the end of her first pregnancy, according to a story on the Women’s Fund of El Paso blog, which featured her in a 2017 post.

After leaving the Army she began studying at EPCC and then was accepted into the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She was a scholarship recipient from the Women’s Fund of El Paso during her time at EPCC and nursing school, the blog said.

James graduated with a degree in nursing in May 2017. 

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