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Thursday May 12, 2011

Border Agents Killed Today are Identified by Sec. Janet Napolitano

Border Agents Killed Today are Identified by Sec. Janet Napolitano

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano addressed the death of two Arizona border agents, killed earlier today in a SUV-train crash.  Reports are attributing the auto accident to the pursuit of several illegal border crossers that might of been drug smugglers.  The names of the agents had not been officially confirmed in earlier reports.

“It is with great sadness that I learned this morning that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol Agents Eduardo Rojas, Jr., and Hector Clark were killed earlier today in an accident near Gila Bend, Ariz. The agents were based out of CBP’s Yuma Sector and were on duty at the time of the accident. We are working closely with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and other agencies to determine the cause of the accident.

The entire DHS family expresses our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of these agents. We also keep in our thoughts and prayers all of those who put their lives at risk every day, at home and abroad, to defend our country. We honor their service and pray for their continued safety.”

Both agents were assigned to the Yuma Arizona sector and joined the federal agency in 2001 for Clark and 2000 for Rojas.