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Agent accused in serial killings lived quiet suburban life

September 20, 2018

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The Border Patrol agent accused of killing four women appeared to have a typical suburban life.

Juan David Ortiz lived in a subdivision where rows of new homes stand next to fields of desert brush. The Navy veteran left the military nine years ago and became a Border Patrol agent, like many others in Laredo, in deep south Texas.

He and his wife were raising two children. Neighbors saw him come and go and exchanged waves.

No one in Laredo could have imagined that Ortiz would someday be described as a serial killer. Prosecutors say the victims were sex workers who were shot in the head and left on rural roadsides.

The case has shocked the border community. Law enforcement officials are trying to restore faith in Border Patrol agents.

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