Among the 93 Bishop High School seniors crossing the stage at the Steinke Physical Education Center last Friday was senior William Herrera, who was joined by several U.S. Border Patrol agents who had served with his father, Saul Herrera, before his death from pneumonia in 2005.
“The agents have always kept up with our family, and they wanted to be here for William,” mother Lilly Herrera said.
Saul Herrera served with the U.S. Border Patrol for 12 years before his death, Lilly Herrera said.
“We had been living in Arizona, and his dream was always to come back to Texas,” she said. “So we had been living in Bishop for about two years when he passed away very suddenly.”
Lilly Herrera said seeing her son graduate on Friday was “a proud moment,” and she was thankful to the U.S. Border Patrol for their support through the years.
“It really means a lot,” she said. “They’ve been our family, and they’ve been the ones to always call and check up on us.”