Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis missed the fundraiser for New York gubernatorial candidate, Rep. Lee Zeldin, on Sunday night due to the death of Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent Jose Perez, Politico is reporting.
Perez’s funeral mass was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to the outlet, which explains the “unforeseen tragedy” that resulted in the governor’s absence.
The special agent died on Aug. 20 as a result of injuries from a vehicle crash on Aug. 2, in which a driver struck his car while on duty in West Miami-Dade, according to WSVN.
The other driver in the accident is facing charges for driving under the influence, such as vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter, CBS News reported.
Although there was some confusion about the tragedy that led DeSantis to cancel First Lady Casey DeSantis posted a tweet early Monday morning mourning the loss of Perez.
Today we mourn the tragic loss of FDLE Special Agent Jose Perez, who died in the line of duty. With over 20 years in the U.S. armed forces & more than 30 years in law enforcement, he lived a valiant life serving our nation & state. The entire @fdlepio community is in our prayers.
Earlier today, it was reported that DeSantis was canceling his appearance due to an “unforeseen tragedy,” which caused speculation among social media. The DeSantis team came back later to clarify the language.