Hundreds pay tribute to Bandidos president

EL PASO, Texas -

Juan Martinez, 61, was laid to rest on Saturday. He was the president of the El Paso Bandidos motorcycle club.

Hundreds of bikers from across the country and from different club attended his funeral.

The club’s national president, Clifton Roberts, told NewsChannel 9, “We start the journey loving each other – trying to. We’re going to finish the journey with you too.”

Roberts was just one of the many Bandidos making the trip to El Paso.

He said, “I don't know if we had a count of the different clubs or the different levels of club or commitment in life. It wasn't about that -- it was about motorcycle-ism It was about the community. That was proven. They're here today. We didn't tell them they have to be here. They want to be here."

As NewsChannel 9 previously reported, Martinez was shot in what police described as a gang-related shooting at Mulligan’s in east El Paso.

When asked if he thought Martinez was shot because he was a Bandido, Roberts said, “He lived a Bandidos life and died a Bandidos life, how about that?”

Three other club members were also injured during last month’s shooting. They suffered less serious injuries.


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