Hundreds Gather to Honor Murdered Border AgentJan 21st, 2011 | By Michel Marizco | Category: General News, Organized Crime, Politics
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The U.S. Border Patrol held a memorial service in Tucson on Friday morning, paying homage to one of its elite agents, Brian Terry, who was killed during a gunbattle with bandits in a canyon along the Arizona-Mexico border. He was a man who friends called “Super-Cop.” (Click inside for slideshow of images.)
This is a story I produced for KJZZ’s Fronteras Desk, public radio, Arizona.
TUCSON – Hundreds of Border Patrol agents filled part of the baseball stadium in a sea of olive green. A line of riflemen stood at attention as the American flag and the agency’s own flag fluttered in the cool morning air.
They were here to honor an elite Border Patrol agent murdered last month. Brian Terry was a former Marine and cop who became an agent in his late thirties.
Agent Jose Verdugo had known Terry since their days in the Border Patrol Academy.
They they ran into each other in a hall recently and Verdugo says he wasn’t surprised to see Terry in the uniform of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit.
“Brian, your work ethic, your integrity and your sense of honor were infectious and inspirational. Rest in peace, super-cop,” he said.
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin addressed the agents, telling them the murderers will be captured.
“The reason why he was in those canyons west of Nogales and the reasons why our Border Patrol agents go out on the line and stand between harm and the American people is because we are determined to restore the rule of law to the United States Mexico border. And this sector in Tucson is the last place where it must happen,” Bersin said.
Four Mexican men have been arrested as part of the investigation into the murder. Nobody has been charged.