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Chief Rodriguez discusses loss of officers

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MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) —McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said there are no words to fairly describe the feelings he felt after losing two officers.

Officers Edelmiro Garza Jr. and Ismael Chavez Jr. both were gun downed after responding to a residence in the 3500 block of Queta Road.

“Indescribable, I think we can say a lot of different things. I think we can say we’re heart broken. I think I can say we’re sad. We can say we’re weak. We can say all kinds of different things, but really there aren’t enough words to fairly describe the feelings,” said McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.

Garza was a 15-year veteran of the force, having worked 6 years in dispatch before hitting the road for 9 years as an officer. Chavez was on the job 2 years, but came from an educational background, working as an instructor for Weslaco Independent School District. Rodriguez said both men were an asset to the city and department.

Rodriguez points out that their killings are not part of any narrative going on with movements across the U.S.

“On this particular day, he [Audon Camarillo] was in such state of mind or absence thereof that, he took the actions that he did on that day, and took two of our officers,” said Rodriguez

Chief Rodriguez said as they march on, they have been flooded with the community’s support, from flowers to hundreds of messages and phone calls. But Rodriguez said he still struggles finding the words for families and other officers.

“It’s difficult to look at that officer and ask him to be safe and pray that he goes home tonight when I know that has failed us twice in the last few days,” said Rodriguez

The City of McAllen will host a public viewing tomorrow at the Convention Center from Noon until 8 p.m.

You will be required to wear a mask, and be screened before entering the facility which includes temperature checks. Social distancing will also be required and no food will be allowed inside.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday.

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