BREAKING: Border agents attacked, one dead, one seriously wounded (videos)

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Two U.S. border patrol agents were attacked Sunday morning while responding to “activity” in the Van Horn Station area of western Texas, near Interstate 10.

The two agents were transported to the hospital, but Agent Rogelio Martinez, 36, died of his injuries, while his partner remains in serious condition.

Martinez has been employed as a border patrol agent since August 2013, and was from El Paso.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke released the following statement:

“Earlier this morning, I was notified that Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez died as a result of serious injuries suffered while on patrol in the Big Bend Sector of our southern border in Texas. Agent Martinez was responding to activity while on patrol with another agent, who was also seriously injured. We are fully supporting the ongoing investigation to determine the cause of this tragic event. On behalf of the quarter of a million frontline officers and agents of DHS, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Agent Martinez and to the agent who is in serious condition.”

According to Border Protection spokesman Carlos Diaz, the FBI is investigating the incident.

This is a developing story.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) responded to the news with a statement on Twitter, saying, “Our condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, who was killed this morning in the line of duty.”

Congressman Ted Poe (R-Tx.) also issued a statement about the attack, saying, “This Sunday 36-year-old Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed manning Texas’s often violent southern border. 38 Border Patrol Agents have been killed while on patrol since 2003.”

He continued in a second tweet, “Our agents are outmanned, outnumbered and out-financed trying to prevent drug cartels from entering the United States. We mourn the loss of this border protector and may God Bless his family. Our border protectors deserve our total support.”

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