BEAUMONT (CBSLA) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed in the line of duty was taken home to Beaumont this week.
Firefighters and police officers lined the route to pay their respects to Agent Alejandro Flores-Bañuelos, whose body was escorted by a procession of border patrol vehicles from El Centro to Beaumont, where he lived with his family.READ MORE: Man Fatally Shot In Officer-Involved Shooting In San Fernando
It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of one of our own, Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Flores-Bañuelos, a former Marine & 12 year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol.Man Fatally Shot In Rowland Heights
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino (@USBPChiefELC) March 16, 2021
Flores-Bañuelos was struck by another vehicle on March 15 while helping a 75-year-old woman whose car had become disabled on Highway 86, north of North Marina Drive, in Salton City. He was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital, where he died.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Begins Phased-In Reopening Starting This Week
Flores-Bañuelos, who spent 12 years with the border patrol and was a Marine Corps veteran, is survived by his wife, who is pregnant, and children. A Gofundme set up to help his family has so far raised more than $85,000.