Boat ramp dedication to honor late ICE special agent

A boat ramp was built to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent Jaime Zapata who was killed by a Mexican drug cartel while on assignment in Mexico in February 2011.

Zapata was given special recognition Friday at a moving dedication for the Zapata family.

People throughout the valley took time to remember Jaime and the good he did for his country.

Jaime's mother Mary told Action 4 News that her son dedicated his life to protecting others and she couldn't be more proud to have this new boat ramp.

The ramp, named after her son, will be used by state and federal agents to combat the illegal activity from coming into the U.S.

She said the ramp is there to protect those who live on the U.S. side of the border and that's exactly what her son did.

"He protected our country against crime and drugs, said Mary Zapata. That have died in the line of duty."

The new boat ramp is located near the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District at the number three pumping station.

That's where employees were allegedly shot at by people on the Mexican side of the border.