New Border Patrol station named after slain agent

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

NACO, Ariz. (AP) -- The U.S. Border Patrol held a grand opening Tuesday for a new station in Arizona that is named after an agent killed in a December 2010 firefight with bandits north of the Mexican border.

The station in Naco is named after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Two guns found at the scene of the shootout were bought by a member of a gun smuggling ring that was being monitored in the government's botched gun smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Terry's mother, sisters and cousin from the Detroit area attended Tuesday's dedication ceremony.

Robert Heyer, a cousin and chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that naming the station after Terry was a great honor and that the family was proud of him.

"We are still sad," Heyer said. "There is a huge void in our lives with Brian being gone, but we take an immense amount of pride and we're even now ... able to smile and remember the things that Brian has said and has done."

Terry's family also visited Tucson for a dinner to raise money for the foundation set up in his honor. About $100,000 was collected, Heyer said.

The new Border Patrol station, along with an interim building, covers more than 40 acres and can accommodate more than 450 agents and support workers.


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