Oct 3, 2012 5:09 PM by Ian Cross
UPDATE: The procession has reached the Hatfield Funeral Home in Sierra Vista. Agents lowered the flag to half-staff in honor of Agent Ivie as the family watched.
TUCSON - About 20 Border Patrol vehicles are now escorting the body of slain Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie to a mortuary in Sierra Vista - over 50 more law enforcement officers lined the road for the procession.
The procession left the Pima county Office of the Medical Examiner at about 12:10 p.m. this afternoon with the body of Agent Ivie, who was shot and killed early Tuesday morning in an incident near Naco, Arizona.
Nicholas Ivie and a colleague were on patrol in the desert near Naco, about 100 miles from Tucson, when gunfire broke out shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Border Patrol.
Ivie, 30, was killed. The other agent, whose name hasn't been released, was hospitalized after being shot in the ankle and buttocks.
It was the first fatal shooting of an agent since a deadly 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits that spawned congressional probes of a botched government gun-smuggling investigation.
The Border Patrol said Ivie worked for the agency since January 2008 and grew up in Provo, Utah. He worked as an emergency medical technician before joining the Border Patrol, said his brother-in-law, Todd Davis. He served a two-year mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mexico City after high school.
Davis said Ivie's desire to help others, and his love of the outdoors and riding horses led him to the Border Patrol, where he served on the horse patrol unit.
"Nick always tried to help others. He was a very selfless man with his family, with his friends, in anything he did," Davis said. "You know the risk but you pray this day would never happen."
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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