SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to Dallas to attend a memorial service for five Dallas police officers slain in the line of duty.
Martinez was traveling to Dallas Monday evening and planned to return after the Tuesday service. The former district attorney and El Paso native called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week to offer her condolences, and has said she is heartbroken by the bloodshed in Dallas.
President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush plan to speak at the service. Abbot will not attend because he is recovering from extensive burns on his legs and feet caused by scalding hot water.
The state of New Mexico will pay for Martinez’s travel.