Border Patrol Intel Agent Jose “Merc” Mercado died suddenly on Saturday due to an “unexpected and sudden heart attack.” He was 34.
The news of his death was confirmed by Representative Mayra Flores (TX 34th District) in a social media post.
“My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Border Patrol Intel Agent, Jose Mercado. He was assigned to RGV Sector in Edinburg, Texas. He passed away yesterday of a sudden heart attack. Keep his family in your prayers,” Flores wrote on her Twitter, which was shared by Representative Chip Roy (R-TX 21st District).
RIP, faithful servant. https://t.co/YsKha1MRFc
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) February 12, 2023
Jose Mercado was a member of Class 875 out of US Border Patrol RGV Sector. He served with the US Border Patrol as an outstanding Agent for 14 years.
A fundraising campaign was created by Veronica Medina to support the Mercado family during their time of need.
At the time of writing, the fundraising had raised $11,285 of the $20,000 goal.
From the GoFundMe page:
On behalf of the Mercado Family, we mourn the loss of our beloved Jose Eduardo Mercado, due to an unexpected and sudden heart attack at the age of 34.He is survived by his beautiful wife Valerie Mercado, and his three beautiful children Amerie Lynn Mercado, Ryan Isaiah Mercado, and Alina Marie Mercado. The lives of the Mercado family are changed forever as the loss of a loving husband and father will leave a great void in their daily lives. All those who knew Jose Mercado aka as “Merc” both personally and professionally will express just how much of an amazing human being he was. He served with the United States Border Patrol as an outstanding Agent for 14 years and was a full-time husband/father outside of work. He was a great person with an enormous heart. The type of person who got along with everyone, people could depend on, welcomer of the group, and was always willing to help others in the time of need. He will be deeply missed by all he knew him.