The Texas National Guard member who went missing while trying to rescue migrants from drowning has been found dead. 22-year-old Texas Army National Guard Specialist Bishop E. Evans was last seen near Eagle Pass on Friday.
He was attempting to save two migrants who “appeared to be drowning while crossing the river from Mexico into the U.S.” revealed the Texas Military Department.
On Monday morning, Evans’ lifeless body was found in Eagle Pass. “This morning SPC Evans’ body was found and identified by local authorities,” Republican congressman Tony Gonzales told Fox News in a statement.
“This young soldier made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of protecting and serving our country. He will never be forgotten.”
Following his death, the Texas Military Department released a statement revealing that Evans, who was assigned to Operation Lone Star, “has been found deceased following an exhaustive interagency search.” Maj. Gen. Tom Suelzer, Adjutant General for Texas released a statement that read, “We are devastated by the loss of a member of our Guard family.”
“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.” he continued about the field artilleryman from Arlington, Texas, who was assigned to A Battery, 4-133 Field Artillery Regiment in New Braunfels, Texas.
Texas National Guard Specialist Bishop Evans is a hero who risked his life in service to Texas & America.
Law enforcement & rescue teams continue a relentless search for him.
Join us in prayer for a successful recovery.
Updates will be provided when they become available. pic.twitter.com/nULof4gcwl
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 24, 2022
Texas Governor Greg Abbott was reportedly “heartbroken” after learning about Evans’ demise. “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.
I ask that Texans join Cecilia and me in praying for the family and friends of SPC Evans as they grieve this heartbreaking loss,” read a statement Abbott shared on Twitter.
Evens, who joined the Texas Army National Guard in May 2019 and returned from his mobilization to Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait in the fall of 2020, was described as a caring person by his grandmother, Jo Ann Johnson. “God put that in him first, that’s something that we nurtured. If he sees that you’re in trouble, he’ll ask you about yourself later but right now he’s going to help you,” she shared.
The death of this soldier falls squarely in the hands of the clown in the WH. Liberals will want to blame Abbott for sending him to the border but if it wasn’t for Biden creating the mess at the border, there would be no need for the guard to be there.https://t.co/ivl26lArgT
— JJ Pesavento #1776 (@rdrhwke) April 25, 2022
His former school principal, Gibert Rios expressed, “Bishop was just a born leader. To me, he’s a hero and one that will never be forgotten.”
Evans close friend who served overseas with him said, “I’m going to miss working with him. He would make you smile, make you laugh, make the day go by quick.”
“He was quiet, he was a shy guy, when you first got to meet him, but when you go to know him, he was selfless. As selfless as one can be honestly, he’s always worried about others before himself,” he added according to NBC DFW.
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As for the migrants Evans attempted to rescue, they “were involved in illicit transnational narcotics trafficking” based on initial reports, revealed the Texas Military Department.
“In that moment, I wasn’t there, I can’t speak for exactly what he saw, it’s still under investigation, but from what I understand, in that moment what he saw was people needed help, it didn’t matter who they were or what their situation was, he saw people that needed help and that was just the bottom line, he was going to help them.
He didn’t second guess himself, he didn’t stop to ask questions, he acted, he executed the way all of us are proud of him for,” added his fellow service member.