A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two badly injured US Border Patrol agents said he thinks they may have been sideswiped accidentally by a tractor-trailer, not attacked, as President Donald Trump and some others have suggested.
The injured agents were found the night of November 18 along a culvert next to Interstate 10 near Van Horn, which is about 110 miles southeast of El Paso and about 30 miles from the border with Mexico.
Agent Rogelio Martinez succumbed to traumatic head injuries and broken bones.
His partner, who has not been identified, was seriously injured and hospitalized for several days.
The funeral for US border agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday. He died on Sunday due to head and other injuries
Heartbreak: Martinez's fiancee shared this image of the couple on her Facebook page
'It honors him to see law enforcement agencies from across the United States' attend the service, Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said
The agent has no memory of what happened that night.
Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo said he thinks a tractor-trailer may have accidentally sideswiped the pair, The Dallas Morning News reported.
I-10 is a heavily traveled route for truck drivers