“Don’t Mess With Texas” is a saying that is certainly true when it comes to the protection of its public servants. In order to prove that it holds dear to these values, the state of Texas is offering a $20,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in the murder investigation of slain US Border Patrol agent Mr Rogelio Martinez, who died over the weekend whilst on duty in the remote Interstate 10 corridor of West Texas.
President Donald Trump immediately responded when he heard about the killing, whilst reiterating his call for a border wall: "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!"
The Texas Governor Mr. Greg Abbott, announced the reward through the state's Crime Stoppers program, guaranteeing at the same time that all callers would be treated confidentially.
Governor Abbott: "We owe a great deal of gratitude to the brave men and women of the United States Border Patrol who serve every day to protect our homeland.”
"As authorities continue their investigation, it is important that they receive any and all information to help apprehend and deliver swift justice to those responsible."
36-year-old Mr. Martinez, who had been a Border Patrol agent since August 2013, died Sunday whilst working alongside his partner in the Big Bend area. They were responding to "activity near Interstate 10" in the Van Horn area. At that time, their patrol car was located some 120 miles east of El Paso.
The name of his partner, who was transported to a hospital in El Paso and remains in serious condition, has so far been kept out of the press.
First reports say that the agents had been hit with rocks but Mr. Stu Harris, the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1929 in El Paso, would not confirm that information: "We are letting the investigation take place and seeing if they can bring these people to justice."