34-year-old Border Patrol intel agent dies suddenly of “unexpected and”

Border Patrol Intel Agent Jose “Mork” Mercado died suddenly Saturday of an “unexpected and sudden heart attack.” He was 34 years old.

His death was confirmed by Rep. Mayra Flores (TX 34th District) in a social media post.

“My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Border Patrol Intel Agent, Jose Mercado. He was assigned to RGV Sector in Edinburg, Texas. He died of a sudden heart attack yesterday. Keep his family in your prayers,” Flores wrote on his Twitter, which was shared by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX 21st District).

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Jose Mercado was a member of Class 875 US Border Patrol RGV Sector. He worked with the US Border Patrol as an outstanding agent for 14 years.

Veronica Medina created a fundraising campaign to support the Mercado family in their time of need.

At the time of writing, the fundraiser 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 José Eduardo Mercado 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 Amery Lynn Mercado, Ryan Isaiah Mercado and Alina Marie Mercado. The life of the Mercado family is changed forever as the loss of a loving husband and father will leave a great void in their daily lives. All who knew Jose Mercado personally and professionally as “Mars” will express what an amazing man he was. He worked 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 man with a big heart. The kind of person who could get along with everyone, people could depend on, welcomed the group and was always willing to help others in times of need. He will miss her deeply as he knew her.