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Oct 9, 2012 8:43 PM by Lorraine Rivera

Border Agent's body flown back to Utah

TUCSON - The body of fallen Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was flown home to Utah Tuesday evening.

The 30-year-old was killed last Tuesday while patrolling a remote desert area near Naco where he was stationed. Investigators say preliminary indications suggest friendly fire may have led to his shooting death.

Hundreds of Border Patrol agents from throughout the Tucson Sector participated in the procession that began in Sierra Vista. Dozens of mourners lined the streets near the Hatfield Funeral Home.

One woman said she waited outside the funeral home to pay her respects, "to say goodbye to a hero who supported our borders. And sometimes we don't say thank you to them and we appreciate them. It's very sad for the city and the community. This is a tragedy."

Upon arrival in Tucson the motorcade drove under American flags held up by fire truck ladders. On the tarmac hundreds of agents stood to salute the commercial airliner carrying Ivie and his family. The airliner taxied through a water arch by the Tucson Airport Fire Department.

Ivie's funeral service will be held Thursday at Utah Valley University Campus in Orem, burial will follow in Provo, Utah.

Nicholas Ivie is survived by his wife and two daughters ages 1 and 3.

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