Report: friendly fire not being ruled out in border patrol agent's death

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

NACO, Ariz. -- Both NBC and CBS News are citing sources who say officials aren't ruling out the possibility that friendly fire possibly killed border patrol agent Nick Ivie, 30, on Tuesday.

However, a spokesperson with the FBI said they are not commenting because of the sensitivity of the on-going investigation.

On the other hand, Ivie's family did speak for the first time to the media Thursday.

It's a been a long week for Christy Ivie, Nick's wife, who was seen wiping tears from her eyes standing next to her parents at a press conference Thursday morning.

For the first time we're hearing from the fallen border patrol agent's large family.

Ivie's older brothers Rick and Chris did all the talking.

“We know where Nick's at right now and that is comforting. We know that he's with loved ones that have passed before and we know that we will be able to see him again and that's what is carrying us through,” said Chris.

Ivie was shot and killed in Naco near the Arizona-Mexico border Tuesday.

He was inspecting a tripped sensor with two other agents when they were fired upon.

CNN is now reporting two men are being questioned in Mexico by officials about the shooting.

The men were caught near the U.S. border with drugs and guns.

Ivie's family is not commenting on the investigation.

“We've been so preoccupied with the grief of the loss. We really haven't had time to be angry at anything. It is what it is, it won't bring Nick back,” said Chris.

Dozens of family members flew in from Utah, where Nick is from, to be near his wife.

The husband is remembered as the loving dad to his two babies, ages 4 and 1.

“One of the neighbors who didn't really know the family that well but came by the other day asked if ‘Nick was the one who was always out playing with the kids in the yard right?’ Yeah that was Nick,” said Chris.

Nick would often pull his two children in a trailer behind his bicycle.

The family spokesperson, Kevin Goates, asked the American people to be generous and make a donation at any branch of National Bank of Arizona or Zions National Bank (in Utah) to make a donation to the Nicholas Ivie Memorial Fund.