Jose Luis Oviedo, a veteran of the Navy and Operation Desert Storm, has died after being assaulted outside of his McAllen home on January 29, and left in a coma.
Andres Roberto Ortiz, an illegal alien from Honduras who had reportedly been deported multiple times, attacked Oviedo in his back yard, beat him and left him unconscious, and stole Oviedo’s truck.
The truck was eventually found wrecked and abandoned in a nearby canal by law enforcement. The officers came to Oritz’s home and found him unconscious in the back yard. He was taken to the hospital, but never regained consciousness.
Placed on life support at the McAllen Medical Center, Oviedo was removed from the apparatus two weeks after the incident on Feb 15. On Friday, February 24, Oviedo succumbed to his injuries and passed away. He was 56.
A GoFundMe account set up to help pay his medical expenses said he served in the Navy for year years, from 1981 to 1990, in the VA72 Bluehawks Squadron out of Jacksonville, Florida. He also served in the US Naval Reserves from 1990 to 1996.
Ortiz was arrested 10 days after the incident and charged with aggravated robbery. Due to Oviedo’s passing, charges are expected to be upgraded to capital homicide.
After the decision to remove Oviedo from life support, his son Victor said “I don’t know exactly what I’ll do, but I will think about him every day.” The brutal robbery and murder of his father also swayed his belief in the enforcement of immigration policies.
“I had no real opinion as far as the immigration stance goes, but now I believe that something like this could have been prevented had the right steps been taken,” the younger Oviedo said.
Ortiz remains detained on $2 million bail.
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