Dozens of relatives and friends of four women who authorities say were killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent gather for a vigil in a park in the centre of Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Juan David Ortiz was arrested Saturday hiding in a parking garage. Investigators believe he fatally shot the four victims during separate attacks after taking each of them to desolate areas outside of Laredo. Researchers say that a fifth victim escaped and contacted the authorities. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
LAREDO, Texas – Dozens of members of the family and friends of the four killed, the women, which the researchers say are the victims of a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor gathered Tuesday evening in South Texas to remind them of a wake.
In a park near San Agustin Cathedral in the centre of Laredo, they held small candles and photos of their loved ones while praying, crying and exchanging hugs. Many described, still in disbelief, and experienced numbness, to say that the women didn’t deserve to die.
The members of Melissa Ramirez family wore pink and carried signs that read “We want justice for all the victims.”
Claudine Anne Luera family held roses and pictures of her during the vigil. They described her as a loving mother of five.
“She was loved. Like these other victims, they had families. They are much more than what is said about them,” her sister Colette Mireles, said.
Juan David Ortiz was arrested Saturday hiding in a parking garage. Investigators believe he fatally shot four women during separate attacks after taking each of them to desolate areas outside of Laredo. Researchers say that a fifth victim escaped and contacted the authorities.
Ortiz is facing several charges, including four murders.
The authorities have said that the women were believed to be prostitutes, who the defendant knew and intended for their vulnerability.
Family members recognized that the victims had fallen on hard times for one reason or another and ended up in Laredo in the streets, but they said that the women were still loved by their families. She pointed to the crowd at the vigil, saying, the women will not be forgotten and that family members will continue to fight for justice.
Those who killed his 29-year-old Ramirez and the 42-year-old Luera. A third victim is a 28-year-old transgender woman who authorities said had the birth name of Humberto Ortiz but was known as Janelle. The fourth victim’s name has not been released.