Border Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered in the line of duty near the Arizona-Mexico border, was remembered in February at the dedication of a statue at the entry to the border patrol station on Naco Highway where he served. The station was renamed in his honor by an act of Congress in 2012 and is within the tough Tucson sector that covers over 39 miles of international boundary.

Terry was fatally shot with a military-grade assault weapon and ammunition linked to the botched federal “Operation Fast and Furious.” Two guns were found at the crime scene, just two of hundreds of “lost” guns used in crimes along the border, as well as in the U.S. and Mexico, as a result of the U.S. government’s failed gun-running operation.

“Fast and Furious” fell under the control of the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and only became known to the public after whistle-blowers revealed its existence and the link to the gun used to kill Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives scheme was designed to introduce guns into the market at the border, allowing them to be sold illegally in order to trace them to Mexican drug cartels, gangs and crime syndicates. More than 2,000 guns were sold as part of the plan, but the ATF somehow “lost track” of hundreds of them before they could be traced.

A former Marine, Terry returned home to his native Michigan and served as a police officer there before joining the Border Patrol. Within hours of his death on December 14, 2010, the National Hockey League Detroit Red Wings announced his death and asked for a moment of silence before the national anthem.


He underwent grueling training to become one of the elite tactical unit agents and graduated at the top of his class.

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Fast and Furious” Attorney General Holder testified that neither he nor his staff knew anything about the operation.

A spokesperson for the Terry family responded to Holder’s denial of responsibility by saying, "If this is true and he did not know, then he should have known. Mr. Holder needs to own Operation Fast and Furious.”

Terry’s death was at the hands of criminals armed with rifles Eric Holder’s Justice Department had deliberately put in them.


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