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Mexican authorities arrest final suspect in murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

October 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities arrest final suspect in murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

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Federal officials working with the Mexican government secured the apprehension of the final suspect in the slaying of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The arrest took place on Saturday in Mexico.

In a leaked internal memo obtained by Fox News, acting chief of the Border Patrol announced the arrest of Jesus Rosario Favela Astoria. He is reportedly the final suspect in Agent Terry’s killing that took place in December 2010 in Arizona.

In the memo, authorities stated they were collaborating with Mexican officials over the past several years to secure the suspect’s arrest. Astoria remains in Mexican custody as the Department of Justice works on the extradition process.

“Border Patrol Agent Terry will be remembered, and he will forever be a part of the U.S. Border Patrol family,” Chief Carla Provost stated in the memo. “This arrest achieved our ultimate goal of bringing all the perpetrators involved in Agent Terry’s death to account.”

“One of my prayers was answered,” Terry’s sister, Michelle Terry-Balogh said in an interview with Breitbart Texas. “All of the suspects that were involved in Brian’s murder are in custody. As this is only another step forward, we cannot be more pleased to hear the news of the last suspect who was captured over the weekend.”

U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry

“This was the final rip crew suspect that was wanted in connection with his death,” Michelle continued. “This fight is far from over as we continue to hold the previous administration accountable for their botched gun program that led to Brian’s and agent Zapata’s murders. Not only do these men and their families deserve the truth–but so do the people. This is why Trump needs to have the executive privileges lifted so we can expose corruption, lies, and betrayal they have committed.”

Terry’s other sister, Kelly Terry-Willis also noted: “My family is happy to hear the news. I have prayed for this and hope Justice is swift. We still need the government to come clean with answers.”

Agent Terry was patrolling with members of his team, looking for Mexican “rip-crews” that come into the U.S. to rob drug shipments or steal from illegals. When his team identified the rip-crew, a gun battle erupted, and Brian Terry was shot and killed.

Two of the weapons recovered were tied to a gun running operation that became widely known as “Fast and Furious.” The goal was to put guns into the hands of criminals and track them to Mexico to ascertain the distribution network. Two such guns were at the scene of Terry’s murder.

Despite congressional hearings and pledges from the Obama Administration, the family still does not know what happened that night and no official was punished for the failed operation that resulted in Terry’s death–and potentially thousands of Mexican citizens.

Terry’s brother, Kent Terry, is blaming former Attorney General Eric Holder’s involvement in the Fast and Furious gunrunning plot for the killing of the Border Patrol agent and former U.S. Marine.

“Holder is the criminal here,” Kent Terry said to Breitbart Texas. “He lied to my family and his Justice Department to mislead my family of information of Brian’s death by his and ATF’s Phoenix gun scandal.”

“These illegals that committed this act on U.S soil wouldn’t be blamed for Brian’s death if guns weren’t put in their hands by Holder.”

In April, authorities nabbed the shooter in the Brian Terry murder. A task force comprised of Mexican law enforcement, U.S. DEA agents, and U.S. Border Patrol Border Patrol Tactical Unit agents apprehended accused killer Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, in Mexico.

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