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Bandidos president's funeral a major event, biker gang expert says

The funeral this weekend for a slain El Paso Bandidos leader will be a major event for the motorcycle club and law enforcement, an expert on biker gangs said.

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

"He was a chapter president. He was killed for being a Bandido. It will be a very large funeral. With that said, law enforcement’s role is to keep it without violence," said Terry Katz, spokesman for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. The group provides specialized training on biker gangs to law enforcement and prosecutors.

Martinez died Aug. 3 after he and three other men were shot four days earlier during a biker gang fight at Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar in the far East Side.

El Paso police later arrested Javier Gonzalez, 34, of the rival Kinfolk Motorcycle Club, in connection with the shooting.

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Employee of Bandidos member killed in bar shooting says he was like a father to her

EL PASO, Texas — Family, friends and co-workers are mourning the loss of Juan Martinez, who died after being shot inside a far east El Paso bar.

Susana Perez, office manager at J. Martinez & Associates, said Martinez treated his employees like family.

The business helped people with disability and Social Security claims.

“I worked with him for over 11 years. He was a great person. He was very helpful. He was a family man and he helped so many people,” Perez said.

Perez said Martinez and his wife, Gracie, were inseparable.

Juan Martinez died after being shot at an east El Paso bar. (Courtesy: Motorcycle Coalition of El Paso)

At the office, Perez said co-workers don’t feel like they lost their boss.

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Bandidos member shot at eastside bar has died

EL PASO, Texas — 

The Bandidos Motorcycle Club member shot in an east El Paso bar last weekend has died, according to a member of the motorcycle club.

Juan Martinez, 61, was shot in what police are calling a rival gang shooting.

Ballardo Salcido, 49, Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, were also injured in the shooting.

The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mulligans Chopped Hog bar at 1810 George Dieter Drive.

Police said one of the groups was told to leave the bar, which then prompted an argument and a fight between the two gangs.

While the fight was going on, the suspected shooter walked into the bar and began shooting at members of the rival gang, police said.

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EPPD: Kinfolk gang member arrested in Mulligan's shooting

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - El Paso Police have arrested the 34-year-old man suspected of shooting four people inside the Mulligan's Chopped Hog Bar in the 1800 block of George Dieter around 9:30 p.m. Sunday night.

According to investigators, Javier Gonzalez, 34, was arrested in the 1200 block of Higuera in San Elizario at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Police say Gonzalez is a Kinfolk Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Member and is suspected of shooting into a group of Bandidos Motorcycle gang members inside the bar.

Juan Martinez, 61, and Ballardo Salcido, 49, suffered serious, life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Juan Vega-Rivera, 36, and David Villalobos, 47, had non-life-threatening injuries.

Martinez, President of the El Paso Bandidos Chapter — is currently on bond as he awaits trial for an incident that happened in August 2016 at the Hot Chicks Bar on Zaragoza involving another motorcycle club that was never officially named in court documents.

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Bandidos MC national president says El Paso won't become 'war zone,' following shooting

(VIDEO)--EL PASO, Texas — The Bandidos Motorcycle Club is labeled as a tier two gang by the FBI, Department of Justice and Texas Department of Public Safety. They say they're just a club.

Now they say they want to make sure this incident doesn't set them back in the eyes of the community.

"We came here to check on our brothers that were injured,” Clifton ‘Dozer’ Roberts, the Bandidos National President, said.

A shooting involving the Bandidos Motorcycle Club brought the club's president to east El Paso. Four members were shot on Sunday at Mulligan's Bar.

"They went on and on, and there might have been some kind of an altercation," Ashley ‘Smiley’ Brecker of the Bandidos El Paso chapter said.

Brecker said he left right before shots were fired by a gunman from a different group inside the bar.

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4 wounded in shooting possibly linked to biker gangs

A shooting —  possibly involving biker gangs — wounded four men Sunday night during a brawl inside a bar in far East El Paso.

Police officials said that a Gang Unit investigation continued Monday, along with the search for the shooter.

Police said that several gunshots were fired during a fight between two gangs inside Mulligan's Chopped Hog bar, 1810 George Dieter Drive near Trawood Drive.

More: 3 wounded in gang-related bar shooting in far East El Paso

The shooting victims were identified by police Monday as Juan Martinez, 61; Ballardo Salcido, 49; Juan Miguel Vega-Rivera, 36; and David Villalobos, 47.

A police spokesman on Sunday night initially reported that three people were shot.

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A farewell ride (w/video)

A motorcyclist pulling a clear vessel that held the casket of Phillip Medellin shut down Rio Grande Street, Main Street and U.S. 87 North on Saturday as it made its way to Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Riding just behind were two rows of motorcycles that extended for several miles.

Medellin, a 39-year-old Victoria man was killed in a motorcycle wreck early Monday morning just north of Woodsboro.

Hundreds of bikers attended the funeral of Medellin, who was a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, an outlaw motorcycle club. Several chapters of the club, as well as chapters of other motorcycle clubs, were present at the funeral to honor Medellin.


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Courthouse security, ballistics discussed at Twin Peaks pretrial hearing

An attorney for Twin Peaks biker Christopher Jacob Carrizal said Friday she will “object strenuously” if courthouse security measures during Carrizal’s trial feature a “display of force” similar to one in Fort Worth during the trial of a Bandido leader.

The topic of courthouse security and other miscellaneous pretrial matters came up Friday as officials prepare for Carrizal’s trial. Carrizal, 35, a Bandido from Dallas, is scheduled to be the first of 155 bikers indicted in the May 2015 Twin Peaks incident to stand trial.

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San Marcos police warn downtown businesses of biker gangs

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – The San Marcos Police Department says more motorcycle gangs are making their way into downtown San Marcos.

Brandon Winkenwerder, the San Marcos Police assistant chief, says the department has received calls on two occasions involving large groups of Bandidos visiting downtown bars.

“Parking has always been an issue downtown and when you go and start parking 20 or 30 motorcycles on a sidewalk, it becomes an issue with anyone wanting to move around down there,” said Winkenwerder.

The assistant chief says each time police have been called, the group has moved their motorcycles without causing any problems.

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Twin Peaks biker named in three-count superseding indictment

The biker scheduled to be tried first for his alleged role in the Twin Peaks shootout was named Wednesday in a three-count superseding indictment.

A McLennan County grand jury charged Christopher Jacob Carrizal, 35, with one count of directing activities of a criminal street gang, a count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of murder and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity with an underlying offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and his first assistant, Michael Jarrett, have made it clear that they want Carrizal, a Bandido from Dallas, to be the first in a long line of 155 bikers indicted after the May 2015 shootout to stand trial, even while passing over other bikers who were clamoring for quicker trial settings.

Carrizal’s trial is set to start Sept. 11 in Waco’s 19th State District Court.