Family, friends remember Border Patrol agent killed in shooting

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. -- It was a somber day in Sierra Vista as hundreds watched the body of Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie arrive at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Right behind the casket, the "riderless horse" and in this case it was agent Ivie's horse and his riding boots turned backward in the stirrups.

Inside the church, family and friends nestled together. 

“The Sunday before Nick died, he stood here at the podium I'm at, at this same church,” said Joel Ivie, Nicholas' brother.

He talked about growing up together, their lives on the Border Patrol together and both being assigned to the Naco, Ariz., area.

“Nick was a very sensitive, considerate and honest person, never say a bad word about anyone,” Joel said.

It's been almost a week since Agent Ivie was shot and killed while responding to a "tripped ground sensor" a few miles north of the Arizona/Mexico border.

At first it was believed to be a shootout with bandits, but the FBI has now said Ivie was killed by his colleagues in “friendly fire.”

The president of the Border Patrol agents union announced Ivie was the first to fire and that he was possibly disoriented because it was dark out. He opened fire on two other agents who he thought might have been a threat.

Those agents fired back and killed Ivie.

One of those agents was shot and taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

While people still have a lot of questions as to what exactly happened, it was all put on hold Monday morning to show respect and support for Nicholas Ivie and his family.

“How can two people who love each other so much, bear to be separated from one another," said fellow Border Patrol colleague, neighbor and friend Aaron Kerr. "I sense that Nick also feels the sorrow of the separation he now faces from his beloved Christy. Nick, may you know that we love you and look forward to the day when we are reunited with you."

In a statement by the Ivie family they write, "We honor all who serve in the Border Patrol, carrying out an extremely difficult task under harsh conditions. Our loss is beyond description, but we are strengthened by our faith in Jesus Christ.”