Sep 13, 2013 8:59 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON - Mexican Federal agents arrested a second suspect in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Ivan Soto Barraza was picked up in Mexico on Thursday.
The FBI, heads the investigation, however, they are not confirming or denying the arrest. Robert Heyer, Terry's cousin and chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation tells News 4 "Brian's family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. We also want to applaud the cooperation between U.S. and Mexican authorities that made this arrest possible. This is still an on-going investigation on many fronts. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. We remain hopeful that all those responsible for Brian's death will be brought to justice and held accountable."
Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed near Rio Rico in December of 2010, in a gun battle with border bandits. In July of 2012, the FBI held a news conference and asked for the public's help in finding four suspects. They announced a $1,000,000 reward for the capture
Last September, Mexican police arrested Lionel Portillo-Meza.
Police are still looking for Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga and Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes. Both are believed to be in Mexico. A fifth suspect was wounded in the shoot out and was taken into custody.
Brian Terry's death also brought to light the botched gun smuggling operation known as fast and furious. The "rip" crew the suspects were a part of had weapons from that operation.
Robert Heyer says, "As egregious as that was it was more egregious these guys had the gall to turn and fire those weapons at Brian and his team of Border Patrol agents 18 miles inside the U-S border."
Statement From Robert Heyer On The Arrest Of A Third Suspect In Brian Terry Murder On The Eve of Second Annual Terry Foundation Dinner
Robert Heyer, Brian Terry's cousin and Chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation, has issued this statement on behalf of the Terry family in response to the arrest of 35-year-old Ivan Soto-Barraza for the murder of Brian Terry:
"Brian's family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. We also want to applaud the cooperation between U.S. and Mexican authorities that made this arrest possible. This is still an on-going investigation on many fronts. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficing investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. We remain hopeful that all those responsible for Brian's death will be brought to justice and held accountable."
The Brian Terry Foundation was established to honor the memory of Brian Terry and is dedicated to supporting the families of fallen U.S. Border Patrol agents while also establishing educational scholarships for men and women wishing pursue careers in the field of criminal justice.
On September 28th the Second Annual Brian Terry Foundation Dinner will be held at the J.W. Marriott Star Pass Resort in Tucson.
The bi-partisan event will feature former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Congressman Ron Barber, CBS News Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson, Rancher Sue Krentz, Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Congressman Matt Salmon, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, and retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally. Giffords, Attkisson, Krentz and a team of Border Patrol Agents will be receiving awards.
Information on sponsorships and dinner tickets can be found at www.HonorBrianTerry.com/events. This year's dinner theme is "An Evening Honoring the Courage and Sacrifice of the Men and Women of the U.S. Border Patrol."
The 2013 dinner will be the first time that the Brian Terry Foundation presents the Brian A. Terry Courage Awards. Four awards will be presented. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will accept the Courage and Heroism in the Community Award, CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson will accept the Courage in Journalism and Reporting Award, Rancher Susan Krentz of Douglas, Arizona will receive the Profiles in Courage Award, and the final Brian A. Terry Courage Award will be presented to an outstanding team of U.S. Border Patrol Agents selected by the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson command staff.
Tickets for the dinner event are $150 apiece. There are also sponsored tables available ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 dollars. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brian Terry Foundation; an IRS recognized 501c3 tax-exempt public charity.
The Brian Terry Foundation (www.HonorBrianTerry.com) was established to honor the memory of Brian Terry and create a living legacy in his name. The foundation raises funds for the families of fallen U.S. Border Patrol agents and establishes educational scholarships for men and women pursuing an education and career in law enforcement. The Foundation also raises awareness on border related security issues that affect the overall safety and welfare of U.S. Border Patrol Agents. The Brian Terry Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jason Rose or Mike Scerbo with Rose+Moser+Allyn Public and Online Relations.