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Oct 2, 2012 8:37 PM by Lorraine Rivera

Slain border agent's body arrives in Tucson

TUCSON - The body of Agent Nicolas Ivie arrived at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office Tuesday afternoon. The 30-year-old was killed in the line of duty early Tuesday morning near the border community of Naco.

Naco is in Cochise County which no longer has a medical examiner's office. Agent Ivie's body arrived via helicopter to the University of Arizona's Medical Center Kino South Campus. Upon arrival agents from the U.S. Border Patrol saluted the body and loaded it into an medical examiner's transport van. Border Patrol agents in a procession then drove Agent Ivie's remains to the medical examiner's office.

As with agency tradition, Agent Ivie's body will be accompanied by a fellow agent in what is known as the honor watch.

Pima County's Medical Examiner Dr. Gregory Hess said he expects the autopsy to be done on Wednesday.

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