A U.S. Border Patrol agent died at an El Paso hospital Wednesday after he was stabbed multiple times outside a local bar, authorities say.
According to researchers, Agent Isaac Morales, 30, was leaving the bar with his wife early Saturday when they are confronted with Hisaias Justo Lopez, 39.
A statement claims that Lopez, the couple approached and displayed a knife. They initially ignored him, but Lopez beat Morales the woman of the couple reached their car. At that point, researchers say, Morales identified himself as a Border Patrol Agent and tried to sum up Lopez.
Lopez, fled the scene and was chased by Morales, his friend and other witnesses.
“While being chased,” the statement said, “[Lopez] turned around, and put [Morales] in the face.” Other witnesses held Lopez, a block away from the scene.
Lopez was initially booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on charges of attempted murder. That charge was upgraded to murder after Morales’ death. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bond.
“We are really sorry because they have always been good people to us,” family friend Daniel Morales told KFOX14. “It really is a very great loss. My heart shrivels, because I knew him since he was a child. It is a very unpleasant surprise. It feels ugly.”