You are here: HomeU.S. NewsForeign PolicyU.S. Immigration and Customs Agent Murdered in Mexico
Thursday, 17 February 2011 09:12

U.S. Immigration and Customs Agent Murdered in Mexico

Written by 

Two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents serving in Mexico were attacked Tuesday when gunmen opened fire on the blue Suburban in which they were traveling. Special Agent Jaime Zapata, on assignment from his post in Laredo, Texas to the ICE office in Mexico City, was killed.

Agent Victor Avila, shot twice in the leg, was transported back to the U.S. and is in stable condition, according to a statement from the agency Wednesday. 

The two had been driving north along a four-lane federal highway from Mexico City to Monterrey, one of the nation’s most prosperous — and dangerous — cities. A U.S. official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly, said the two were traveling on routine business, not as part of an investigation. 

Log in
Sign up for The New American daily highlights