Murdered agent's family attends Phoenix memorial

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by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on November 11, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 11 at 11:24 PM

PHOENIX - Former Marine and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by Mexican smugglers nearly one year ago, and his parents are planning to file a wrongful death suit.

Speaking to CBS News, Kent Terry said he has many unanswered questions about his son's death.

At least two guns found at the murder scene in Mexico were "Operation Fast and Furious" guns.  The flawed ATF sting allowed Arizona gun shops to sell to known gun smugglers.  The goal was to trace those guns back to cartel leaders, but agents lost track of them.  The guns sold under the watchful eyes of the ATF have since turned up at several crime scenes.

The Terry family this week received a written apology from Attorney General Eric Holder, which reads, in part:

"I am sorry for the tragic loss of your son... Brian was a hero who served his nation bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice.  As a father, I can only imagine the pain that you and your family have experienced.  No parent should ever have to bury their child.  I want you to know that we, the Department of Justice, and I personally, are committed to bringing those responsible for Brian's murder to justice..."

The apology came one day after Holder testified on Capitol Hill about "Operation Fast and Furious."  He denied knowing anything about the sting while it was underway.

The Terry family will join Arizona dignitaries at a memorial and fundraiser Saturday, November 12th, in Scottsdale.  Information can be found at  www.rememberbrianterry.com

Proceeds from the event will fund Terry's mother's travels to hearings relating to her son's death.

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