ICE agent killed in Mexico was assigned to Laredo

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Associated Press

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 17 at 12:06 PM

LAREDO, Texas -- Authorities are vowing to capture those responsible for gunfire in Mexico that killed a U.S. agent assigned to Laredo and wounded another.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday that Special Agent Jaime Zapata died a day earlier after assailants opened fire on an SUV carrying the agents from Monterrey to Mexico City.

The Associated Press, citing U.S. officials who weren’t authorized to speak on the case, says the wounded agent is Victor Avila. He’s stable after being shot twice in the leg. Avila is back in the United States.

Both agents were working with ICE’s attache office in Mexico City.

Zapata was Brownsville native and 2005 graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville who joined ICE in 2006. Zapata was a former Border Patrol agent in Yuma, Ariz.

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