TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Mourners gathered Friday to honor and remember a U.S. Border Patrol agent who was killed in a Dec. 14 shootout with bandits north of the Mexican border near Nogales.
Sen. Jon Kyl and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin joined many of Brian Terry's fellow agents at Kino Stadium in Tucson.
Terry was honored with a rifle salute, an aircraft flyover, and a stadium filled with people celebrating his life, KVOA-TV reported.
Some attending the service on a sun splashed day didn't know Terry, but those who did told the television station they believe he was an American hero.
Terry, 40, enlisted in the Marines after graduating in 1988 from high school in Michigan. He spent three years in the military and later worked as a police officer in Ecorse and Lincoln Park.
Terry joined the Border Patrol in 2007 and became a member of the agency's tactical unit.
He was waiting with three other agents in a remote area when the deadly gun battle with the bandits began, federal authorities said.
The U.S. Marshals Service in Tucson says six people have been arrested in the probe of Terry's death. The six suspects were all being held on felony immigration charges and haven't been charged in the killing.
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