Women slain in Border Patrol case endured trying lives

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The women who were allegedly killed by a Border Patrol supervisor in Texas led difficult lives. But their families say they dreamed of happier days ahead.

One fantasized that she would someday be famous. Another hoped to get off the streets and off of drugs. All four met similar fates. They were shot in the head and left by the roadside.

The suspect, Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz, has been described as a serial killer. His motive remains unknown.

Authorities say the three women, and a fourth whose name was released Wednesday, were sex workers, and that Ortiz knew some of them.

Relatives are now grieving. They say their loved ones were more than the hardships they endured.

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