A Texas Army National Guard soldier was found dead after he went missing while helping others, authorities say.
Specialist Bishop E. Evans was “trying to selflessly help migrants who appeared to be drowning as they tried to cross the river from Mexico into the U.S, on Friday April 22, 2022,” the Texas Military Department said in an April 25 news release. That was the last time he was seen alive.
Early reports from the Texas Rangers said the two migrants were crossing into the U.S. illegally and involved in narcotics trafficking, according to an April 23 statement. They were taken into custody by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
We are heartbroken to learn of the death of SPC Bishop Evans.
He heroically served his state & country.
I want to thank all rescue teams that worked to locate this soldier.
Join me & Cecilia in praying for the family & friends of SPC Evans. pic.twitter.com/xwSZlqEGhT
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 25, 2022
“We are devastated by the loss of a member of our Guard family,” Maj. Gen. Tom Suelzer, adjutant general for Texas, said in a statement. “We recognize the selflessness of this heroic Soldier who put his life above others in service to our state and national security. The Texas Military Department sends our deepest condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.”
Evans was assigned to Operation Lone Star, an initiative started by Gov. Greg Abbott in March 2021 to curb illegal immigration and crime at the Texas border, including human trafficking, smuggling and trespassing.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the death of SPC Bishop E. Evans,” Abbott said in a statement shared to Twitter. “Our National Guard soldiers risk their lives every day to serve and protect others and we are eternally grateful for the way SPC Evans heroically served his state and country.”
In an earlier statement, Abbott described Evans as a “hero who risked his life in service to Texas & America.”
NEW: First photos of 22-year-old TX National Guard SPC. Bishop E. Evans of Arlington, TX, who has been missing since Friday morning and is presumed to have drowned in the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass after he jumped in to save lives. Photos courtesy of his family. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/989c7iWAMI
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) April 24, 2022
When asked about responsibility for his death Psaki says Evans was an employee of the Texas National Guard.
Press secretary Psaki comments on the death of Spc. Bishop Evans. The Texas National Guard soldier went missing after his efforts to rescue two migrants who appeared to be drowning as they attempted to cross a river to get into the U.S. from Mexico. pic.twitter.com/bAQeHFfCSN
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 25, 2022
Soldier assigned to border safety killed in accidental shooting, Texas officials say
Fellow Marines, family and friends pay tribute to ‘young heroes’ who died in NC crash
Air Force airman dies in ‘apparent suicide’ near Lincoln Memorial in DC, officials say
©2022 The Charlotte Observer. Visit charlotteobserver.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.
This content is published through a licensing agreement with Acquire Media using its NewsEdge technology.