Commissioner W. Ralph Basham confirmed that Luis Aguilar, 32, who served a the Yuma, AZ border patrol post died Saturday, January 19, 2008. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff issued these remarks:
Earlier today, the Border Patrol lost a brave agent assigned to the Yuma Sector in a heinous act of violence. The agent was struck and killed while attempting to stop two vehicles believed to have illegally entered the country and were absconding back into Mexico.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the agent's family, and with the entire Border Patrol community.
I am outraged by this tragic loss. I have spoken to the Mexican ambassador who gives me both his condolences and deep assurance that their government will be resolute in tracking down the perpetrators, and bringing them to swift justice.
I'm insisting that the full force of the law be used in this investigation. Our Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are already on scene assisting the Border Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this effort.
Dangerous criminal groups have chosen to respond to our tougher security posture at the border with increased violence. They mistakenly believe that we will give way in the face of violence. We will continue to show them how wrong they are.
The American public stands with the men and women of the Border Patrol, and I am deeply grateful for their heroic service."