Funerals held for 2 women allegedly killed by border agent

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JANELLE ORTIZ -Family members of Janelle Ortiz wait outside the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church before her funeral service, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Claudine Ann Luera after her funeral service, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JANELLE ORTIZ - A women is embraced as she leaves the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church for the funeral service for Janelle Ortiz, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JANELLE ORTIZ - Pallbears carry the casket of Janelle Ortiz up the steps at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JANELLE ORTIZ - Family members of Janelle Ortiz wait outside the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church before her funeral service, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Claudine Ann Luera after her funeral service, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT NAME TO JANELLE ORTIZ - Pallbearers carry the casket of Janelle Ortiz down the steps at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church after her funeral service, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 in Laredo, Texas. Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder. (Courtney Sacco /Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

LAREDO, Texas — Friends and family gathered for funerals in Laredo, Texas, for two of the women authorities say were killed by a Border Patrol agent who has been described as a serial killer.

Funerals were held Friday for 42-year-old Claudine Luera and 28-year-old Janelle Ortiz, a transgender woman whose birth name was Humberto Ortiz.

Authorities say Border Patrol supervisor Juan David Ortiz is accused of killing four women this month. He was arrested Sept. 15 and remains jailed on several charges, including four counts of murder.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that during Janelle Ortiz's service, the Rev. Edmundo Lopez Jr. said "we've seen so many families afflicted, hit down, a life too short."

The two other victims were Melissa Ramirez and Guiselda Alicia Cantu.

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