By Gary Long – March 8, 2024

Ruben Herrera, Brownsville attorney and Texas Southmost College trustee who died unexpectedly March 3 in Madrid, Spain, had a vagabond streak that took him throughout Latin America and to places around the world.

“He was educated in so many things, whether it was motorcycles, bull fights, traveling, geography and just significant history, you name it, the reason of why things worked the way things worked, just because he read so much,” fellow attorney and friend Heriberto Ramos said from Houston earlier this week.

Herrera and Ramos graduated in 2000 from the Thurgood Marshal school of law at Southern University in Houston, traveled together and were close friends.

Herrera died of a heart attack in the early morning this past Sunday while he and his brother-in-law Octavio Olivarez were at their hotel in Madrid’s historic district.

A memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the Jacob Brown Auditorium at Texas Southmost College. Herrera was a TSC graduate, having entered without a GED at age 28 and going on to earn bachelor’s and juris doctor’s degrees and to head his own successful Brownsville criminal defense law firm.