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A statement released by the Mexican office of the secretary of foreign affairs said federal authorities in that country, in coordination and support of state authorities, are making the “necessary investigations to clarify the events and bring the guilty parties to justice.”

Agent Zapata joined ICE in 2006 and initially was assigned to the office of the deputy special agent in charge in Laredo, Texas, where he served on the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit as well as the Border Enforcement Security Task Force. He later was transferred to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

He began his federal law enforcement career with Homeland Security as a member of the U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma, Ariz. A native of Brownsville, Texas, Agent Zapata graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.