Oct 2, 2012 5:32 PM
TUCSON - This afternoon, the body of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie was transported by black hawk helicopter to the UAMC South Campus, where dozens of fellow agents lined the street in a somber procession for their fallen comrade.
"They are, in fact, here en masse," News 4 Tucson's Lorraine Rivera noted during the procession. "You can see the sheer number of Border Patrol agents here at the office of the medical examiner here in Pima County, transporting the body of Nicholas Ivie."
The helicopter landed on the roof the UAMC South Campus building in southern Pima County. Agent Ivie's body was then transported by truck to the nearby office of the medical examiner, as over a dozen Border Patrol vehicles and officers lined the street for a somber procession.
"This is tradition with the force," Rivera said.
Agent Ivie, 30, was shot and killed at about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning after he and two other officers responded to an activated motion sensor on Highway 80, near Naco, Arizona. One other agent received non-life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to a nearby airport. The third was not injured.
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Ivie's family during this terrible time," said Jeffrey D. Self, commander of the Joint Field Command - Arizona. "This is a tragic loss for Customs and Border Protection. We have an unwavering commitment to pursue and bring the perpetuators of this heinous act to justice."
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