Slain Border Agent Terry’s Family: “It’s Like It Never Happened” (Video)

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died December 15 after a shootout with border bandits near Rio Rico. Four suspects were taken into custody following the shooting.

So far, the suspects have only been charged with illegal entry into the U.S. The Terry family says they haven’t heard from the Border Patrol since Jan. 22.

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Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is remembered as an American hero. But, two months and one day after someone gunned him down in the southern Arizona desert, Terry’s family said they believe the government he bravely worked for has forgotten about him.

“Is it upsetting for your family that you’re still not getting answers?” KGUN9’s Joel Waldman asked the Terry family.

“Oh yeah, we’re left in the dark here,” said Kent Terry, Jr., Brian’s older brother. “I mean, the only time you ever hear anything is from the media out there where you’re at [in Tucson]. But, as far as out here [in Michigan], it’s like it never happened,”

“I’m devastated! It brings us back to day one. Here you are thinking you have the right people in custody and now they’re saying they don’t! Do we have the right people?” asked Agent Terry’s sister, Kelly Terry.

As KGUN9 news previously reported, three of the four suspects originally detained in this case pleaded guilty only to misdemeanor immigration crimes and will be deported.

“Have you heard anything about this fourth suspect, I mean, are you getting any information at all?” Waldman asked.

“The only thing I heard is what you just said. There was one illegal wounded at the scene. That’s the last I heard of it. And, the only thing I heard of it,” Kent Terry said.

Officials will only confirm that the fourth suspect was wounded. But, they won’t say how he was wounded, or if he’ll even be charged in connection with Terry’s death.

And, now, another wound for the Terry family to suffer–one U.S. Senator has claimed that the guns used to shoot Agent Terry came from the U.S.

In a Senate committee meeting, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley claimed that on December 16, one day after Brian died, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms tracked two serial numbers on guns found at the scene back to Jaime Avila, a suspected trafficker. Grassley claimed the ATF tracked those same guns to that same dealer one year earlier, but then let the guns slip through their fingers.

Iowa’s Senator Charles Grassley wrote a letter Wednesday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter reads, in part:

“…when asked whether Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) had encouraged any gun dealer to proceed with sales to known or suspected traffickers such as Avila, the briefers said only that they did not have any ‘personal knowledge’ of that.”

Senator Grassley says ATF whistle blowers told him guns used in the shooting death of Brian Terry came from a Glendale, Ariz., gun shop and that agency knew of the sale. According to Sen. Grassley, those whistle blowers told him it was a botched operation.

“As far as the ATF to do that, as far as I’m concerned, the blood’s on their hands. They should never have done that. Them (sic) guns should’ve been destroyed not put back on the market for them bandits to get a hold of,” added Kent.

This is a TRAVESTY! The Obama administration should hang its head in shame.  In particular, I am calling on Janet Napolitano and Eric Holder to stand up for what is right, fully investigate this and punish all guilty parties.  This hero and his family deserve justice.

This must never happen again!

h/t National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers


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