SIERRA VISTA, AZ - Nearly 100 people gathered in Naco for a candlelight vigil for a fallen Border Patrol agent.
Family members, law enforcement officials and local residents attended Thursday night's event for 30-year-old Nicholas Ivie, who was fatally shot Tuesday near the Arizona-Mexico border.
The Sierra Vista Herald/Bisbee Daily Review says the organizer of the vigil was Rev. Seth Polley, who's the vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church in Bisbee.
Father Samuel Jandeh, vicar of St. Michael's Catholic Parish in Naco, says Ivie's death was more of a sacrifice than an ordinary death.
He says law enforcement officials expose themselves to danger and they deserve appreciation for it.
Funeral services for Ivie will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 8, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 2100 Yaqui Street in Sierra Vista.
Church officials said the service will be open to the public.
"Anyone desiring to attend the service is welcome," said Stake President Kevin R. Goates. "Due to a possible overflow situation, two additional meetinghouses in Sierra Vista will broadcast the funeral via closed circuit television. We will also broadcast funeral services to Bisbee and Douglas meetinghouses to minimize travel time for Border Patrol agents who wish to attend from those locations."
Those attending the funeral on Yaqui Street are asked to be in their seats at least 20 minutes prior to the beginning of the service.
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