Bishop Evans, Texas soldier who died saving migrants, will be buried


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A funeral service will be held Saturday for Bishop Evans, the Member of the Texas National Guard who was found dead after trying to save two migrants from drowning.

Evans, 22, disappeared near Eagle Pass, Texas, after trying to save drowning migrants as they crossed the river to the United States from Mexico. Both migrants survived, but Evans’ body was found several days later. Evans was not properly equipped for a water rescue at the time, according to a report.

BODY OF MISSING TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER FOUND

In an earlier statement to Fox News, the Texas Military Department said the Texas Rangers determined from initial reports that the two migrants Evans attempted to rescue “were involved in illicit transnational narcotics trafficking.”

The soldier is identified as Bishop E. Evans, 22, from Arlington, Texas.
(Courtesy of Evans’ family)

The body of Bishop E. Evans, a Texas Army National Guard specialist, was found near Eagle Pass, Texas.

The body of Bishop E. Evans, a Texas Army National Guard specialist, was found near Eagle Pass, Texas.
(Bill Melugin/Fox News)

Evans’ death prompted an outpouring of grief and salutes to his courage from Texas and state authorities.

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The story also highlighted the humanitarian crisis on the border and the confusion of drug and national security issues at play there.

Fox News’ David Rutz contributed to this report.


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