Nearly 7 years ago, on December 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by Mexican bandits while he was on patrol in southern Arizona.
Terry was out with a group of fellow agents searching for what are known as “rip crews,” groups of Mexican bandits that prey on drug smugglers and illegal aliens crossing the border in the region.
Seven years later, the family of Agent Terry still waits for answers to not only what happened that night, but the circumstances leading up to Terry’s murder that later became known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Two of the guns found at the scene of Terry’s murder were later traced back to the federal law enforcement program that put guns into the hands of criminals.
GREAT NEWS! The cartel SCUMBAG suspected of shooting and killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010 with a gun supplied by Eric Holder and Barack Hussein Obama was arrested in Mexico Wednesday, senior law enforcement, Border Patrol, and congressional sources told Fox News.
The suspect, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, was apprehended by a joint U.S.-Mexico law enforcement task force that included the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Marshals and the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC).
A $250,000 reward had been sought for information leading to the arrest of Osorio-Arellanes, who was captured at a ranch on the border of the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Chihuahua. U.S. authorities have said they will seek his extradition.
Brian’s death exposed Obama’s Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operation in which the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in Phoenix-area shops with the intention of tracking them once they made their way into Mexico. But the agency lost track of more than 1,400 of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to buy. Two of those guns were found at the scene of Terry’s killing.
The operation set off a political firestorm, and then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation.
Four members of the “rip crew” already been sentenced to jail time in the U.S. Manual Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in February 2014.
In October 2015, Ivan Soto-Barraza and Jesus Sanchez-Meza were convicted by a federal jury of nine different charges, including first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery.
Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, accused of assembling the “rip crew,” was sentenced to 27 years in prison after striking a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The last remaining member of the “rip crew,” Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, is believed to still be at large.
While more documents about the Fast and Furious scandal have finally been disclosed to the Congressional oversight committees, Brian Terry’s family still must deal with their pain brought on by the lack of answers. The family, however, has remained strong and positive in the face of the disrespect they have received from Eric Holder and the White House. They choose instead to honor Brian and the excellence he stood for.
“I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who supports the Terry family in getting justice for Brian,” Kent Terry said to this writer. “It means a lot to me and my family. It is greatly appreciated.”
“Brian wrote a poem that described how he lived his life. It is titled, ‘If Today is to be the Day… So Be It.’ It saddens me that we still don’t have answers for, or accountability for, Brian’s senseless death,” Kent continued, ”A death caused by the ATF and other agencies.”
“Brian deserves better,” he stated. “He did spill his blood on this soil protecting Americans. Now that documents are out, I expect Congress to follow Brian’s poem and let ‘Today be the Day’ they respect him and give him answers he so well deserves.”
Brian Terry’s poem is read in this tribute video: