Posted 9:54 PM 9/16/2012 : Terry family speaks of healing and justice
TUCSON-The family of a border patrol agent killed in Southern Arizona is working to keep his memory alive.
Agent Brian Terry's family wants to create a lasting legacy in his name.
Terry died in a shoot-out with border bandits near Rio Rico in 2010.
Monday, his family will attend a dinner to raise money for his foundation.
Sunday night, they spoke about healing and getting justice.
It's been an emotional rollercoaster for the Terry family.
His family is back in Arizona for the first time since Brian Terry's death, and although it stirs up painful memories, they're here for a worthy cause.
"On the airplane as soon as I saw the mountains, I got tears in my eyes again," said Brian's mom Josephine Terry.
Agent Brian Terry's mom was here the Summer before he died visiting him and spoiling him as any mother would.
"We had dinner together every night always what he wanted," said Terry.
But that December of 2010 he was killed at the Arizona-Mexico border when a group of armed bandits shot him in the back.
"I didn't realize the danger in BORTAC," said his sister Michelle Willis, "I don't think he wanted to worry us."
Two of the guns found at the scene were linked to ATF's operation Fast and Furious.
The family said they still have so many unanswered questions.
"Why this happened? How did it happen?" said his mom.
And although two of the suspects have been arrested, the Terry family said they know even after almost two years, the road to justice will be a long one.
"I'm hoping that my son will get the justice. I don't know how long that's going to take," said Terry.
But meanwhile, they want his memory to live on through the foundation that bears his name.
"Brian was an amazing American a modern day American hero," said Robert Heyer, Brian's cousin and the foundation chairman.
The foundation raises money for college scholarships, supports the families of slain border patrol agents and keeps the public aware of what's going on at the border.
Brian's mom has high hopes for this foundation.
"That it lives on forever and ever," said Terry.
Monday, the family is expecting about 225 people to honor Brian Terry at the fundraiser, and then on Tuesday, near Bisbee, the family will be at the dedication ceremony of the border patrol's new station in Brian's name.
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