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Border Patrol Agent Killed in Off-Duty Accident, Leaving Behind Pregnant Wife

Border Patrol Agent Hunter Labombard

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent was killed in an off-duty accident this week, and a fundraiser is being held to help his family.

Agent Hunter Labombard of the Corrizo Springs Station died Wednesday after an undisclosed accident, CBP announced Thursday. 

A GoFundMe campaign was launched for Labombard’s family.

His wife, Zoe, is seven months pregnant. 

“Hunter loved his family very much and did everything he could to take care of them,” the GoFundMe campaign states. “Let’s show our support to our brother in green and his family.”

No more information was available Friday morning. 

Border Patrol Agent Killed in ATV Crash While Chasing Migrants

Border Patrol Agent Raul Humberto Gonzalez, Jr.

By Steve Neavling

A 38-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in an ATV crash while pursuing migrants crossing the border in Texas. 

Agent Raul Humberto Gonzalez, Jr., was traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred near Mission, Tex., at 1 a.m. on Dec. 7, CBP said. 

He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

Gonzalez was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Sector McAllen Station. 

He had a son and daughter. 

In an unrelated crash, a Border Patrol agent was in critical condition after being struck by a motorcycle at a checkpoint north of Tombstone, Ariz., on Dec. 19, KGUN reports.

3 Border Patrol Agents Commit Suicide in Past 3 Weeks

Border Patrol Agent Javier Fabela died on Nov. 13.

By Steve Neavling

Three CBP officers agents committed suicide in the past three weeks, which brings the total suicides within the agency to 14 in 2022, the Daily Mail reports.

Border Patrol Agent Roque “Rocky” Sarinana, 46, died on Nov. 6, followed by Agent Javier Fabela, 50, on Nov. 13. 

Agent Robert M. Boatwright, a 49-year-old canine handler, died on Nov. 20. 

Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz shared news on the latest suicide on Twitter on Monday. 

“On behalf of our Border Patrol family, I extend our deepest condolences to BPA Boatwright’s family, friends, and colleagues,” Ortiz wrote. “Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, said the ongoing migrant crisis is a “very serious epidemic.”

“With long hours, horrific scenes, and anxiety-provoking situations, our men and women in green are being pushed to their breaking point every single day,” Gonzales told the Daily Mail.

“This year, 14 Border Patrol agents have taken their own life – and that is 14 too many,” he added. 

Whether the work environment contributed to the agents’ death is not publicly known. 

Former Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, Who Served Under Carter, Died

Benjamin Civiletti/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

Former Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti, who served under President Jimmy Carter, died on Sunday at his home in Lutherville, Md.

He was 87. 

The cause was complications from Parkinson’s, his wife, Gaile Civiletti, told The New York Times.

Civiletti may be best known for advising Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis. 

For most of Carter’s one term as president, Civiletti served in top positions at the Justice Department. He began as a top assistant in charge of the criminal division in 1977, then as deputy attorney general from 1978 to 1979, and finally as attorney general from 1979 to 1981. 

He prosecuted racketeers, public corruption, white-collar crime and drug trafficking and advocated for civil rights, environmental protections and prison reform. 

Three months after becoming attorney general, Civiletti advised Carter after 52 Americans were taken hostage from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland, who served as special assistant to Civiletti from 1979 to 1981, said he was “saddened to learn of the passing of” Civiletti.

“Among many other achievements during his tenure, Attorney General Civiletti continued the work begun by his predecessors, Attorneys General Edward Levi and Griffin Bell, in the wake of Watergate to restore public trust in the Department of Justice,” Garland said in a statement. “Attorney General Civiletti wrote into policy the norms established to ensure the Department’s independence, fair application of our laws, and adherence to the Rule of Law. Today, thanks in large part to him, those norms continue to guide the work of every Justice Department employee, every single day.

He added, “Attorney General Civiletti’s portrait hangs outside my office, and I am reminded each time I see it of the kind of Attorney General I strive to be. Attorney General Civiletti’s dedication to the Justice Department, his work, and his life will continue to be an inspiration for generations of public servants to come.”

Natalie Gore, One of FBI’s First Female Agents, Dies at 77

By Steve Neavling

Natalie Gore, who made history as one of the bureau’s first female agents, died Wednesday after a battle with colon cancer. 

Gore, 77, died at her home in Mission Hills, Calif., The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Gore’s first assignment was at the FBI’s Seattle Field Office, where she became Washington’s first female agent. Two years later, she would marry her supervisor, Bill Gore, who eventually became San Diego sheriff. 

“She wanted to be the best agent she could be, but it wasn’t about pride,” said Jan Caldwell, a former agent. “She knew if she did a good job, it would make it easier for the women who came after her. So she did.”

She resigned a decade after her first assignment to take care of her son, with plans to return to the bureau. But the FBI didn’t take her back because she had previously had a radial keratotomy, a corrective eye surgery for near-sightedness, while working for the bureau in Hawaii. 

Because she would have been a new hire, the bureau thought it was too risky to take her on with the surgery, even though she had already been an agent. 

“That was a true and utter heartbreak,” she told the Union-Tribune in a 2010 interview. “I fully expected to retire with the bureau.”

Gore was born on May 4, 1945, in a small lumber town in Northern California. She received a degree in zoology at UC Davis. 

After a stint as an elementary school teacher, she joined the FBI academy in April 1976. She shared a dorm with three other women, and all of them would go on to graduate and become agents.  

Randy Weaver, Key Figure in Ruby Ridge Standoff, Dies

Randy Weaver, via Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling

Randy Weaver, whose refusal to leave his remote Idaho cabin led to the 11-day Ruby Ridge standoff in 1992, has died, The New York Times reports.

He was 74. 

The cause of his death wasn’t immediately clear. His daughter made the announcement on Facebook.

This year was the 30th anniversary of the standoff, which had become a rallying point for anti-government militias and white supremacist groups. 

Weaver’s wife and son were killed during an exchange of gunfire with federal marshals. 

At the time of the standoff, federal authorities were trying to arrest him on a bench warrant for missing court on gun charges. 

He was later acquitted of most charges. He and his daughters also received money in a wrongful-death lawsuit against the federal government. 

Ex-FBI Agent Alfred Baldwin III, Lookout for Watergate Burglars, Dies

Watergate complex via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling

Former FBI Agent Alfred C. Baldwin III, who was the lookout for the Watergate burglars and later became a pivotal government witness in the scandal, died in January 2020 but his death only recently came to light, The New York Times reported Tuesday.  

He was 83. 

His death after a battle with cancer was made public in an updated version of the book “The Watergate Burglars” by Shane O’Sullivan. 

On June 17, 1972, as the burglars were inside the Watergate complex, Baldwin was watching across the street. But Baldwin didn’t spot police until it was too late, so he fled before the FBI eventually picked him up. 

Although he was a minor character in the Watergate drama, he played a major role as a government witness, testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee in May 1973 and providing key insights into the scandal. 

Border Patrol Agent Dies in Line of Duty

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent from the Tucson Sector has died in the line of duty. 

Supervisory Patrol Agent Martin Barrios died on Nov. 29, the agency announced Friday. 

“The entire USBP family mourns the loss of Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Martin Barrios,” U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz tweeted Friday. “Please keep his family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts.”

Details of Barrios’ death weren’t immediately clear. 

John R. Modlin, chief patrol agent of the Tucson Border Control Sector, added on Twitter, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones. We will always remember his service.”

Barrios joined Border Patrol in April 2013 after serving in the Navy.   

To honor Barrios, Arizona Governor Doug Duceuy ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff.