Those who loved a New Braunfels man — often known as “Mohawk” — who was gunned down Sunday in Waco, said he was a nonviolent, fun-loving man not at all involved with gangs.
Vincent Ramirez said media outlets have portrayed his father, Jesus “Jesse” Delgado Rodriguez, 65, as a bad person, and that’s not just inconsiderate — but wrong. And he insisted his father was not involved with any biker gang.
“I don’t want people to be categorizing my dad. That’s not the kind of man he was,” Ramirez said. “He was a veteran. He fought for his country. He was a family man. He loved to ride his motorcycle. He rode with all kind of groups.”
Rodriguez died of gunshot wounds to the head and trunk, according to information released Tuesday by a McLennan County Justice of the Peace. He was at a Waco restaurant for a confederation of bikers meeting when the violence erupted that left nine people dead.
Numerous others were hurt and jailed in the melee that focused national attention on Waco and motorcycle culture.
Reportedly, one man was injured when a vehicle rolled over his foot. That caused a dispute that continued inside the restaurant, where fighting and then shooting began before the melee spilled back outside, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Authorities offered few details. It was not clear which group was responsible for running over the biker’s foot, or which group the aggrieved biker belonged to.
About 170 bikers have been charged with engaging in organized crime. Swanton said more arrests are likely.
A report published by the Waco Tribune listed two of the men arrested as New Braunfels residents. They are Narciso Luna Jr. and Jerry Lee Pollard. In nearby Guadalupe County, Victor Pizana, 34, of Seguin, and Marco J. Dejong, 37, of Marion, were also arrested.
Ramirez said his father has never been in any trouble. He said his dad was a Marine who served in the war in Vietnam.
Rodriguez helped his large family, other veterans and anyone who needed help, Ramirez said. He said Rodriguez helped with benefits, supporting needy children and any other causes brought to his attention.
He was always glad to meet new people and ride his motorcycle, Ramirez said.
“He just knew so many people. He never got into trouble and stuff,” he said. “That’s just not the kind of guy he was. If he did get a little rowdy, my mom would calm him down.”
He started working with Mohawk about 40 years ago, and the two had remained friends to this day, said Carlos Castillo also of New Braunfels. He said he would go on motorcycle trips with Rodriguez and often attended the confederate meetings with him.
Never did they experience any trouble, and certainly nothing like what happened Sunday in Waco, Castillo said.
He said reports about Rodriguez being a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang are false. Rodriguez knew some Bandidos, sometimes rode with some and bought patches in support of some of their benefits, Castillo said.
“He wasn’t a violent person at all; he was a loving person,” Castillo said. “He never carried any weapons. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was an innocent bystander.”
Many people know Rodriguez in New Braunfels, and many will miss his presence around town, and beyond. Castillo said he will miss his good friend and the motorcycle rides they took together.
Often he’d see Rodriguez making friends effortlessly and immersing himself in the culture he loved, Castillo said.
“He was a friendly person. He would just go up to someone and say, ‘Hey, my name is Mohawk,’” Castillo said. “He loved being out in this kind of community, the biker world. He loved riding.”
People continue to call him and inquire about Mohawk, Castillo said. Many are affected by his death.
Castillo is one of them, he said.
“I have so many friends calling me and asking if it was true,” Castillo said. “He was not a violent person. He never carried weapons. He’s a military guy, an old school kind of guy.
“He wasn’t a rowdy person. He loved to go out and talk to people. He was just a happy guy.”