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Oct 8, 2012 8:53 PM

Hundreds attend service for fallen agent

SIERRA VISTA - Hundreds gathered Monday to honor fallen Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie.

The 30-year-old was killed early Tuesday morning when he was responding to an activated ground sensor in the desert northeast of Naco. Ivie was with two other agents, one of which was wounded. Authorities investigating Ivie's death have said preliminary indication suggests friendly fire may have led to his death.

Nick, as he was affectionately known, served on force for six years. A member of the horse patrol, he eventually became an instructor. Joel, Nick's brother, also stationed in Naco said his brother will be remembered as a devoted husband and father committed to his faith, "sometimes I have to wonder why Nick was taken at this time but then I also think Nick was such a great man, he was ready to enter the Kingdom of God."

Joel told those in attendance how his brother loved protecting America's southern border. He said Nick was responding to a sensor he had installed himself that fateful morning he was killed, "He died in a peaceful place. Although it may have been a traumatic experience he did die peacefully."

Nick is survived by his wife and two daughters ages 1 and 3.

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