Slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Family Marks What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday

Friday, August 10, 2012
by: BTF

For Immediate Release
August 10, 2012

Contact:  Jameson Cunningham
(703) 739-5920

Contact:  Jason Rose
(480) 423-1414/(602) 791-4488

Slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Family Marks What Would Have Been His 42nd Birthday
Phoenix, AZ – Slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry would have turned 42 on August 11th had he not lost his life defending the U.S. border from members of a suspected drug cartel rip crew in December of 2010 near Rio Rico, AZ. While Brian Terry’s family marks his birthday, they continue to press for answers in the probe of the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. They also continue to call for the release of related documents and emails sought by Congressional investigators that the U.S. Justice Department refuses to disclose.

Operation Fast and Furious was a flawed gun trafficking investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Phoenix, AZ and overseen by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. Weapons involved in that investigation have been used in numerous acts of violence directed against police and rival drug cartels in Mexico. Two Fast and Furious weapons carried by the men that killed Brian Terry were subsequently found at the scene of his murder.

Robert Heyer, Chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation and cousin to Brian Terry, said; “the Terry family continues to seek answers surrounding this flawed investigation as we remember Brian on what would have been his 42nd birthday. We call upon the Attorney General to reconsider and direct the U.S. Department of Justice to release the documents sought by Congressional investigators before another birthday passes. We pray that ATF and DOJ have learned from this tragedy, and that no other U.S. Border Patrol agent will be put in harm’s way because of this flawed investigation.”

The Terry family has recently started the Brian Terry Foundation to honor Brian’s memory and to create a living legacy in his name. The Foundation will host its first annual Brian Terry Foundation benefit dinner on September 17th, 2012 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson, AZ. The dinner is open to the public and further details can be found on the foundation’s website at

The Brian Terry Foundation website is collecting donations to raise funds for the families of fallen U.S. Border Patrol agents, to establish educational scholarships, to raise public awareness of border security issues such as the flawed Fast and Furious investigation. The Terry family wants to make certain that any mistakes made by ATF and DOJ during this investigation are never repeated.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jameson Cunningham with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at 703-739-5920.

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