Family steps up quest for answers in ICE agent's murder
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:27:20 GMT —
A Brownsville family is stepping up their quest for answers in the death of an ICE against killed by a weapon linked to the "Fast & Furious" scandal.
The family of slain U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata held a press conference in Brownsville on Friday morning.
Zapata's mother Mary Zapata says they still don't have answers more than year after her son's February 2011 murder in San Luis Potosi.
Zetas drug cartel leader Julian Espinoza-Zapata (aka "El Piolin") is facing federal charges in Washington DC but little other information about the case has come out.
Fast & Furious
The family's press conference comes one day after Congress found U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not releasing documents related to the "Fast & Furious" scandal.
U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) agents let gun smugglers ship weapons to Mexican drug cartels.
One of the smuggled weapons was used to kill Zapata while another was used to kill a Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
Dozens of Congressmen, including the Rio Grande Valley's Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes), staged a "walk out" to support Holder.
The Zapata family's attorney Trey Martinez said they have no political agenda and that they just want answers.
The family filed a wrongful death claim with the federal government earlier this month.
Legal observers said the claim is the first step in filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Mary Zapata told reporters that she want to know if her son's death could have been avoided.