Feb. 15th 2012 Marks 1 Yr. Anniv. of ICE Agent's Death
POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 9:58am
UPDATED: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 1:40pm
BROWNSVILLE — February 15, 2012 marks the one year anniversary since ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata lost his life in the line of duty.
For many, he was taken way too soon and the pain of his death still lingers in both his families, friends and fellow law enforcement brethrens’ hearts. Wednesday a special mass was held at Saint Luke Church to remember the fallen agent.
"He died in service to the U.S. and that's a tragedy, something that we have to recognize, his bravery, his dedication, "says US Consular, Michael Barkin.
Wednesday's memorial was a private event, agents and supporters from as far as Laredo, the city where Zapata was stationed, attended.
It was an unexpected event that took the 32 year old ice agent's life just one year ago.
Special agent Zapata and his partner, Victor Avila, were ambushed as the traveled back on a highway in northern mexico from san luis potosi.
An event like this however, is one that he and other law enforcement officers and homeland security agents are aware of when they take on the duty of serving and protecting.
Zapata's death is a continued reminder of the fight against those who want to do us harm, in this case, investigators say members of the Zetas drug cartel gang were behind the fatal shooting.
"It's a tremendous challenge on both sides of the border to fight these gangs and groups which are committing violence, but we're committed to that task," says Barkin.
Just as committed as Special Agent Zapata was the day he lost his life while trying to protect our country.