Vigil set for women allegedly killed by Border Patrol agent

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — A vigil will be held in South Texas for four women who investigators say were killed by a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor.

The gathering is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at San Agustin Cathedral in Laredo. Those attending will include family of the victims.

Juan David Ortiz was arrested Saturday while hiding in a hotel parking garage. Investigators believe he fatally shot four women during separate attacks after taking each of them to desolate areas outside of Laredo. Investigators say a fifth victim escaped and contacted authorities.

Ortiz is facing several charges, including four counts of murder.

Those killed include 29-year-old Melissa Ramirez and 42-year-old Claudine Anne Luera. A third victim was a 28-year-old transgender woman who authorities said had the birth name Humberto Ortiz but was known as Janelle. The fourth victim’s name hasn’t been released.

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