Did Border Agent Die in Vain?
Family of slain border agent slams administration
DETROIT, Mich. (KGUN9-TV) – Hundreds packed a Detroit church to say goodbye to Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. His funeral comes exactly one week after border bandits shot him dead in Rio Rico.
On a frigid Michigan December day, a lone black hearse rolled past an army of saluting law enforcement officers. Inside the Greater Grace Temple, speakers eulogized Brian Terry, 40, as a hero who put service before self.
A family representative spoke for Terry’s best friend. Kurt Martin said, “Just days before the incident, I had spoke to him and he was telling me about a 54 hour operation where they captured several people also armed with AK47′s. It didn’t seem to phase him a bit.”
Brian Terry once wrote to a friend that he trained, drilled and prepared himself to have the best chance of defeating his country’s enemies.
The 40-year-old former Marine and other members of an elite U.S. Border Patrol unit met some of those enemies in the remote and dusty, rust-red canyons of southern Arizona when Terry was killed last week in a gun battle with bandits.
Colleagues say it wasn’t death the Detroit-area native feared. It was dying without honor.
Fellow agents and dozens of police from across the U.S. and Canada attended services Wednesday for Terry at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. They heard those closest to Terry describe him as a warrior and patriot who died doing what he loved most: fighting for his country.
“If you seek to do battle with me this day, you’ll receive the best I am capable of giving,” Michigan State Police Sgt. Dan Bowman read from a note Terry had written.
“It may not be enough, but it will be everything I have to give,” the note continued. “You may defeat me, but you will be lucky to escape with your life. You may kill me, but I’m willing to die if necessary.
“I do not fear death, for I have been close enough to it on enough occasions that it no longer concerns me. What I do fear is the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than to have it said that I was without courage.”
Four men were arrested following the Dec. 14 shootout near Nogales, Ariz., 13 miles north of the border with Mexico. At least one other was being sought.
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LIVONIA, Mich. (KGUN9-TV) – Bag pipes and a somber procession with murdered border patrol agent Brian Terry’s flag draped coffin; they’re all the accoutrements for the funeral of a federal agent shot and killed while on patrol in Arizona’s southern desert.
But, not so typical was what Brian’s family had to say to KGUN9 the night before he was brought to his final resting place at Michigan Memorial Park. “I understand that Janet Napolitano called (Tuesday night). What did you say to her?” 9 On Your Side reporter Joel Waldman asked Brian Terry’s father, Kent.
“‘I said you gotta wake your man up in the White House,’” Kent responded. “And she said, ‘He’s done more in the last two years than any other president.’”
But the Terrys told Waldman that they don’t buy it. Kent, step mom Carolyn, mom Josie, older brother Kent Jr., sisters Kelly and Michelle are all angry that their son and brother, Brian, died the way he did. They’re not shy about blaming President Obama’s administration for not doing enough, taking aim directly at Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.
“She spoke with us and they were empty words today when she spoke,” said step mom Carolyn Terry.
“Why so empty?” Waldman asked.
That question prompted a flurry of comments from the Terrys: “They had no meaning to them.”
“She’ll have Christmas.”
“She’ll forget about it tomorrow.”
Is that true?
Napolitano continued, “Listen, we are here today, the commissioner is here and the chief and this is not a time for the media to pick a fight. It’s time to remember a fallen agent.”
A fallen agent whose family is worried he may have died in vain, and who are vowing their own fight to make sure that he didn’t.