Funeral For Slain ICE Agent
POSTED: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 10:39am
UPDATED: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 8:21pm
BROWNSVILLE - There will be a public viewing for ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata today at noon in Brownsville, Texas.
The rosary service will be today at 7 at night and the funeral mass will be tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. with a procession following.
Both are open to the public.
WASHINGTON D.C. - President Obama today pledged that the U.S. government would do everything in its power to bring to justice Mexican gunmen who killed a U.S. special agent and wounded another in a brazen road side attack Tuesday afternoon.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime J. Zapata, 32, a four-year ICE veteran from Brownsville and based in Laredo, Texas, had been stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City as part of a human smuggling and border security enforcement task force.
He and another agent from El Paso, who has not been named, were traveling on a rural highway between Mexico City and Monterrey in an armored Chevrolet SUV Tuesday when they were apparently stopped at an unofficial checkpoint outside the town of Santa Maria del Rio.
Gunmen opened fire, spraying the SUV with bullets. Zapata was killed, and the other agent, who was hit in the arm and leg, was airlifted to a Mexico City hospital. He was flown to the U.S. and remains in stable condition.