Wounded El Paso ICE Agent Attends Comrade's Funeral
POSTED: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 11:21am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:23am
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.