Van Horn, TX - U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, was murdered on Sunday, Nov. 19.
Agent Martinez and his Big Bend Sector partner, another U.S. Border Patrol agent whose name was not released, were on patrol in the Interstate 10 area, and responded to a report of "activity," according to Fox News.
At some point, they were attacked by an unknown suspect or suspects. As with most attacks on Border Patrol agents, federal authorities are not releasing much information about the circumstances.
Breitbart published a statement from the president of the National Border Patrol Council, Agent Brandon Judd:
“What we know is that Border Patrol Agent Rogilio Martinez appears to have been ambushed by a group of illegal aliens whom he was tracking. Our agents’ reports from the ground say that he was struck in the head multiple times with a rock or rocks.
“The other agent arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks. These disgusting acts and complete disregard for human life need to stop immediately. Family members of slain Agent Martinez will never get to see him come home again all because we have failed to secure our borders from such criminals.”
In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) only said that, "Agent Martinez’s partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance."
Agents responded and found Agent Martinez “unconscious, with multiple injuries to his head and body.” His partner was found with head injuries, but was conscious.
Agent Martinez died while at the hospital, and his partner remained hospitalized in serious condition.
No details have been released on the details of either agent's injuries, or suspect information. Authorities have declined to even state that the agents were attacked, although statements by Sen. Ted Cruz and President Trump made it clear that Agent Martinez was murdered.
The Culberson County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigastion, Office of Inspector General, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are working together on the investigation.
In a statement made on social media, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) said:
"Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty. We are also praying for the full recovery of his partner, who was also attacked.
"This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them. We are grateful for the courage and sacrifice of our border patrol agents who have dedicated their lives to keeping us safe. I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation."
Texas Congressman Ted Poe said in a social media post:
"This Sunday 36-year-old Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed manning Texas’s often violent southern border. 38 Border Patrol Agents have been killed while on patrol since 2003. Our agents are outmanned, outnumbered and out-financed trying to prevent drug cartels from entering the United States. We mourn the loss of this border protector and may God Bless his family. Our border protectors deserve our total support.”
President Donald Trump tweeted, "Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!"
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was a native of El Paso, and served with the CPB since 2013. He was part of the Border Patrol's 1018th graduating class of agents, and was assigned to the Big Bend Sector.
He is survived by his fiance and his son.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Agent Rogelio Martinez, your life mattered.