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July 2020

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Ruben Martinez

Ruben Martinez.
CO IV Ruben Martinez

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

48-year-old Correctional Officer IV Ruben Martinez had nearly 2 years of service with TDCJ and was assigned to the Lopez State Jail in Edinberg. Martinez tested positive for COVID-19 July 13, 2020. Six days later, he began having complications from the virus and was admitted into Edinburg Children’s Hospital where he passed away on Sunday July 26, 2020.

“One of the core values of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is courage. That is what Officer Martinez showed all of us,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice are with Officer Martinez family and friends.”

“Officer Martínez provided an unwavering service to the López State Jail,” said Juan Garcia, Senior Warden at the Segovia/Lopez Complex. “Officer Martínez was a family man and always having a positive attitude he was always there to lend a fellow co-worker a hand. Officer Martínez is greatly missed.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had twelve employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.