McAllen lays fallen police officers to rest in heroes’ farewell

The bodies of two men whose names and legacies will forever be linked together through sorrow and tragedy parted ways for the last time Thursday afternoon here at the McAllen Convention Center.

Edelmiro “Eddie” Garza Jr. was taken to be laid to rest in the Rio Grande Veterans Cemetery in Mission. Ismael “Smiley” Chavez Jr. also went to Mission, to Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. He’s buried just 9 miles and two turns away from the man who fell by his side five days ago.

The burials of the two officers Thursday, along with the eulogies and prayers that preceded them, mark the end of the first stage in mourning the two men who were shot and killed in an ambush-style attack on July 11.

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