The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major party for the motorcycle club and legislation enforcement, an pro on biker gangs explained.

Funeral companies begin Friday with a vigil for Juan Martinez Jr., 61, who law enforcement identified as the president of an El Paso chapter of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club.

“He was a chapter president. He was killed for currently being a Bandido. It will be a incredibly big funeral. With that explained, legislation enforcement’s part is to maintain it without the need of violence,” explained Terry Katz, spokesman for the Worldwide Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group delivers specialised schooling on biker gangs to legislation enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 following he and 3 other adult males were shot 4 days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan’s Chopped Hog bar in the far East Facet.

El Paso law enforcement later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in relationship with the capturing.

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A vigil for Martinez will commence at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Francis Xavier Mom Cabrini Catholic Church, 12200 Vista Del Sol Push.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark Catholic Church, 11700 Pebble Hills Blvd. Interment will be at Evergreen East Cemetery, 12400 Montana Ave.

“There will be a incredibly big legislation enforcement existence to make certain the funeral goes on without the need of violence,” Katz explained. “We’ve had violence at biker gang funerals before.”

Funerals have been focused in the past simply because a gang’s enemies are all gathered at just one spot, Katz explained.

Bloodshed can split out even with legislation enforcement current, explained Katz, pointing out that law enforcement had been exterior during the 2015 shootout involving the Bandidos and Cossacks biker clubs at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas.

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El Paso law enforcement spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo declined to speak about any measures law enforcement had been having relating to the funeral.

“There are considerations about some (funeral-similar) targeted traffic troubles, but we will address those people as they crop up,” Carrillo explained.

Carrillo pointed out there had been no even more biker-similar violence due to the fact the bar capturing.

The Texas Office of Public Protection explained that it will beef up patrols in El Paso.

“At the ask for of the El Paso Law enforcement Office, DPS is providing supplemental patrol existence in the region by way of Saturday,” DPS spokeswoman Lt. Elizabeth Carter explained in an electronic mail.

Carter said that DPS “on a regular basis delivers support to regional legislation enforcement throughout the condition bordering functions in which a sizable attendance is envisioned.”

She explained she would not explore any stability steps relating to the funeral but said that big-scale functions are monitored from a community protection standpoint.

Daniel Borunda may possibly be attained at 546-6102 [email protected] @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

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