Fallen border patrol agent's fiancée gives first interview

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - A month after Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez was mysteriously killed while on patrol near Van Horn, his fiancée is speaking out about his death.

In an interview with CNN, Angie Ochoa, who was Martinez's fiancée, said it has been a month of lots of questions and no answers, mainly due to the confusion over what exactly happened to Martinez the night he was killed.

As KTSM has reported, according to the FBI, 36-year-old Agent Martinez and his partner Agent Stephen Garland, were on patrol Sunday morning near Van Horn when the attack happened.

Both agents were taken to a local hospital where Martinez died as a result of his injuries. Garland was hospitalized, but later released, according to CBP.

Initial reports said Martinez had been attacked by undocumented immigrants, but there's been speculation about that and other claims that he may have been hit by a car, which caused him to fall in a culvert.

Ochoa, who went to the scene herself, says she does not believe those claims.

"I find it very hard that a fall could have caused all the damage that he had and as far as him being side swept, it couldn't have happened either because he was not off the freeway. He was actually on the side road," said Ochoa.

In the interview, Ochoa also talked about Martinez's partner, Agent Garland, and his inability to remember what happened the night of the incident.

"I just figured you know, eventually he'll start remembering things and they'll catch the ones that did it, but now it's become so hard to believe that he can't remember anything," said Ochoa.

Ochoa told CNN Garland had not reached out to the family since Martinez's death.

There has yet to be an arrest on this case. The FBI tells KTSM this investigation is still going on
and they're running an advertisement in the Van Horn Advocate for the entire month of December.

The reward is still at $50,000 from the FBI and $20,000 from the State of Texas.

 

   

 


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