Wounded El Paso ICE Agent Attends Comrade's Funeral


POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:21am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 9:23am

BROWNSVILLE, TX - El Paso ICE agent Victor Avila paid tribute to special agent Jaime Zapata, who was laid to rest in Brownsville today.

Drug cartel hit men ambushed both men in Mexico last week.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke at Zapata's funeral service.

Holder said Zapata should be held in highest regard.

"He was a hero in every sense of the word - a man whose acts of valor are a testament to what is best about our country and our national and international law enforcement community."

Napolitano vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

"We will not flinch or let up in any way in our determination to see that those responsible for his death are held to account for their crimes. Nor will we tolerate violence against our federal agents or our border communities."

El Paso agent Avila is recovering from bullet wounds to his leg.

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Very sad situation, God bless the Zapata family and i hope Mr Avila recovers from his wounds. I had the pleasure to meet Mr Avila about 9 yrs ago not under very good circumstances but i can honestly say he is a great person. Thank God he is okay God bless him and all his family as well. He played a big part in me turning my life around for the better Thank you very much Victor Avila and once again God bless!!! EGalvan

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