With the death of author Charles Bowden, the border region lost an important voice and herald.
Right to the very end, he was doing what he loved and what he did best, expounding and exposing the major events that the rest of newsland tends to bury or ignore.
Bowden wrote landmark books that put a spotlight on the border and the Mexican drug cartels, especially in the El Paso-Juarez region. Who can forget books like "Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future," "Down by the River," and "Murder."
Movie audiences caught glimpses of him during the interviews he did in Charlie Minn's movies about the Juarez drug violence and drug lord Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.