MCALLEN, Texas – The city of McAllen holds a public viewing on Wednesday at the Convention Center for officers Eldelmiro Garza Jr. and Ismael Chavez Jr.
Both officers were gunned down Saturday afternoon after responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 3500 block of Queta Road.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Officer Garza was a 15 year veteran spending six years in dispatch, and another nine years as a patrol officer.
Officer Chavez was a two year veteran who came from an educational background, spending time as an instructor at Weslaco ISD. Rodriguez says both men were an asset to both the city and the department.
Chief Rodriguez points out that their killings are not part of any narrative going on with movements across the nation.
“Today we plan to struggle to lay them to rest, but nothing about what happened is connected or associated in any way linked in any manner to any narrative out there.” said the chief.
Rodriguez says the community has rallied behind the department from flowers to hundreds of messages and calls, helping as they move forward.
If you would like to come out and show your support for the fallen officers, the city has issued some safety guidelines.
Mask are required. There will be screening before entering the facilities, which include temperature checks, social distancing will be enforced. Groups of up to four people in the same household will be allowed to sit together. People not traveling together will have to physically distance from other groups. All rows are set to be six feet apart. No food will be allowed in facilities.
The public viewing will run from noon until 8 p.m. with funeral services set for 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, also at the Convention Center.