McALLEN – An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent died Friday after he lost control of his motorcycle near the 2100 block of Uvalde Avenue.
Eubin Gomez Jr., 25, was riding his personal motorcycle westbound on Uvalde Avenue south of Expressway 83 near McAllen-Miller International airport at about 11:30 a.m. Friday. He apparently lost control of the vehicle and crashed.
A passing motorist saw Gomez’s body in the street and called authorities, Border Patrol spokesman Enrique Mendiola said.
They arrived too late. Gomez was pronounced dead at the scene.
The agent had worked with Border Patrol since September 2007. He was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector Mobile Response Team that operates out of a station near the airport, Mendiola said.
Gomez lived in Pharr. He had a 1-year-old daughter.
Though his death did not occur in the line of the duty, the loss of Gomez is difficult for the people who worked with him.
"The Border Patrol is a family and to lose one of our members, especially someone as young as Agent Gomez, weighs heavily on our hearts," Mendiola said in an email statement.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by McAllen police. Gomez’s motorcycle is believed to be the only vehicle involved in the crash.
This story was updated Monday, June 24 to include a formal statement from Henry Mendiola.
Staff writers Ildefonso Ortiz and Jacqueline Armendariz contributed to this report.