Reporter: Cory Marshall
Sierra Vista, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - It was a somber scene as the body of 30-year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was trasported from Tucson to Sierra Vista.
Wednesday, a mile-long-procession of border patrol vehicles lined Highway 92, ushering in the body of Agent Ivie. Complete strangers gathered on sidewalks outside the Sierra Vista funeral home while other stopped their cars in center turn lanes outside Hat Field Funeral Home -- watching and paying their respects.
"I think it's great to see all these people that came out," said Sierra Vista resident Patricia Rosales.
Rosales, who goes to church with the Ivie family, said she was visibly shaken upon seeing the procession.
"He was a wonderful man and my heart hurts for his family, his wife and his two children," Rosales said.
Ivie's family, including his wife, was seen shielded by a circle of border patrol agents as more patrol vehicles poured into the Hat Field parking lot.
Longtime Sierra Vista resident, Carletta Skaggs, didn't know Agent Ivie.
"[I wanted] to honor the man that served our country every bit as much as the men that go to Afghanistan," Skaggs said.
Rosales, watching alongside her 19-year-old daughter, Victoria, said she wants the Ivie family to know they have the backing of an entire community.
"I'm still just shaking. I mean it's amazing the love and support the border patrol has for their families," Rosales said.