Dedication For Slain ICE Agent Jaime Zapata
POSTED: Saturday, May 7, 2011 - 9:26pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 6:57am
MCALLEN- The outpour of support for the family of slain ICE Agent Jaime Zapata has been felt tremendously not only throughout the valley, but nationally as well. A dedication was given to the Zapata family at Kaplan College in McAllen.
The college dedicated its criminal justice training facility to ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata because of his dedication, service and loyalty to a great nation and for giving the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
"Oh we're deeply honored..honored..very deserving for our son I know it would of meant a lot," said Mary Zapata-Munoz, Jaime's Mother.
Zapata's parents and brothers along with dozens of supporters were gathered at the ceremony behind the college Friday morning
"The criminal justice lab is symblomatic of our genuine gratitude to agent Zapata and his family," said Kaplan College President Leticia Ventura.
The McAllen Police Department's honor guard started the ceremony with the presentation of flags and the pledge of allegiance and heard a few words from McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez
"And the wonder of all of this is that Jaime will never know how much he has changed the world," said Rodriguez.
An emotional morning it was for everyone...
"Well nothing will replace my son. he was a great son he will be greatly missed but we're really honored and proud for all of these dedications," said Zapata-Munoz.
Back in February special agent Zapata was traveling between Mexico City and Monterrey when he was forced off the road by members of the drug cartel and was killed.
The facility at the college will feature a firearms training simulator that may help to improve judgment and decision-making ability during simulated stressful real world situations.
Zapata served with U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement for four years and was previously serving with the U.S. Border Patrol.