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October 9, 2012

Border agent remembered as loving father, husband

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SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. —

The standing-room-only funeral was held at a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meeting house in the small town of Sierra Vista, about 30 miles west of where the shooting occurred.

The crowd chuckled when Kerr recounted Ivie’s favorite breakfast — brownies and Dr Pepper.

“He was just a good old boy,” Kerr said.

Meanwhile, the investigation continued into the shooting that also injured an agent who has since been released from the hospital.

Joel Ivie said he was told his brother had installed the sensor the three agents were responding to that night.

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol agents’ union said Ivie apparently opened fire on his two colleagues thinking they were armed smugglers, and was killed when they shot back.

Ivie, 30, apparently fired first but it remained unclear why, National Border Patrol Council President George McCubbin said.

McCubbin and Acting Cochise County Sheriff Rod Rothrock, who is assisting in the investigation, said Ivie knew the two other agents also were heading to the area on foot, and they knew he was responding. But the three apparently didn’t know they were so close together.

“It was dark, very, very rugged terrain, and what they could see of each other was further obscured by the fact that there was brush and cacti and stuff like that between them,” Rothrock said.

When the agents spotted each other in the dark, “they apparently took defensive postures, which was probably interpreted as aggressive postures,” he said. Rothrock has said he doubted any criminal charges would be filed.

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