Two days after he was gunned down just north of the US/Mexico border, the family of Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie spoke publicly for the first time Thursday.
All told nearly three dozen family members, most of them from Utah, were on hand at Cochise College in Sierra Vista to show their support. Though it was agent Ivie's oldest brother who did most of the talking.
"We know where Nick's at right now -- and that is comforting," said brother Chris Ivie.
Perhaps more than anything else, that was the prevailing feeling conveyed from those who knew and loved Nick most.
"We know that he's with loved ones, loved ones who've passed before," said Chris, the oldest of five Ivie children. "And we know that we'll be able to see him again. That's definitely what's carrying us through."
The youngest of his siblings, Nick is remembered as a loving husband, father, uncle and friend.
His brothers remember young Nick as a prankster who grew into a service-seeking young man.
When he was just 19, he traveled to Mexico City to serve a two year mission.
After that he became an EMT and volunteer firefighter.
And in 2008, he followed in big brother Joel's footsteps and joined the United States Border Patrol. Today, Nick leaves behind his wife Christy and two young daughters.
During the press conference, his brothers described an illegal immigrant whom Nick had met during one of his patrols in southern Arizona.
The story gives folks a good idea of the man behind the badge.
"She was pregnant and she had lost her shoes," Chris Ivie said before nearly a hundred people inside the Cochise College auditorium. "Her feet were cut up and she just had them wrapped in rags. She was in a pretty remote area and just couldn't make it any farther and he (Nick) carried that woman a mile and a half to where she could receive the proper help that she needed."
As for the investigation into agent Ivie's death, we've heard about two potential arrests in Mexico over the last 24 hours.
When asked how they felt about those developments, Ivie's family quickly dismissed the question saying it's out of their hands.
"There's people taking care of all of that," says Rick Ivie, Nick's second oldest brother. "That's not what we're here to talk about today."
What they're here to talk about is the healing that needs to take place.
And no where more than with Nick's wife Christy and their two children.
"The hardest time I think is when this all settles down and everybody goes away," said Chris Ivie, his eyes looking down at the podium. "So I'd encourage friends and family and neighbors and people who know Christy to stay close and to visit often."
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