"He was a kind, gentle man": Friends and family remember Nicholas Ivie

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"He was a kind, gentle man": Friends and family remember Nicholas Ivie

CREATED Oct 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 2, 2012

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NACO, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - One Border Patrol agent has died and another has non-life threatening injuries following a Tuesday morning shooting near Naco.

Customs and Border Protection identified the agent killed as Nicholas Ivie, 30, a native of Provo, Utah. He worked for Border Patrol since January 2008.

Carol Capas with the Cochise County Sheriff's Office told KGUN9 that three Border Patrol agents were walking up a trail when the gunfire occurred. One agent was killed, one was injured and another was left unharmed. 

They were in the area investigating a sensor that was triggered indicating something was moving across the area. The shooting occurred off of Highway 80, seven miles east of Bisbee.

Hours after the shooting, searchers in the air,  and on the ground were scouring the mountains and desert looking for the gunman who killed Ivie.

"We don't have any information as far as the suspects go at this time," Capas said. 

Jeffrey Self, the Border Patrol commander for Arizona put the long, sad day in perspective.

"It's been longer for no one more than a wife whose husband is not coming home," says Self.  "It's been longer for no one more than two children whose father is not coming home."

The FBI will be conducting a parallel investigation alongside the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. 

"It will be a cooperative effort," Capas said.

The agents were assigned to the Brian Terry Station in the Tucson Sector. The injured agent was airlifted to a hospital, according to Brent Cagen, a Border Patrol spokesman.

Names of the agents are being withheld until next of kin are notified.

A spokesperson for the Ivie family spoke to 9OYS. Kevin Goates tells KGUN 9 Ivie was a devoted family man, a wonderful husband and an amazing father to two little girls. He says the family is coping with the loss by clinging to their faith.

In a news statement, Jennifer Giannola, a Public Affairs Specialist with the FBI Phoenix Division, said: 

"The FBI and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting of Border Patrol agents near Naco, Arizona, on Tuesday, October 2, in the early morning hours. One agent died from his injuries and another, who sustained non-life threatening wounds, was airlifted to a local hospital. The investigation remains on-going."

National, state and local political leaders and candidates have expressed their sympathies and thoughts on the incident. Read their statements here.

The family has set up the Nicholas Ivie Memorial Fund. If you'd like to help with funeral costs, you can make a donation at any Arizona National Bank.