The family of the slain border agent killed on the Arizona-Mexico border in 2010 said they are looking forward to the Justice Department Inspector General’s pending report on Fast and Furious.
The family of Brian Terry, a border patrol agent whose death ignited the Fast and Furious scandal, told Fox News Phoenix that after two years of waiting, they just want the truth.
“If the truth comes out and they tell me the truth, I’ll be happy with that, but I don’t want to just sit there and listen to lies just to cover up or pacify me,” Josephine Terry, Brian’s mother, said.
The family in February filed a $25 million wrongful death civil claim against the government, alleging negligence on the part of U.S. agents.
Inspector General Michael Horowtiz’s report on the botched gun-walking investigation is expected this week. He will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday to discuss his office’s findings.
Terry was killed in a gunfight between U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican bandits in December 2010. Two guns from the Fast and Furious investigation were found at the scene of the shootout, sparking what has become an 18-month congressional investigation of the operation. GOP lawmakers have called for heads to roll at the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but Attorney General Eric Holder has said he will wait to take any corrective action until he reads the IG report.
Tonight in Phoenix, Terry’s family is holding a Brian Terry Foundation Benefit dinner in Tuscon to raise money for families of border patrol agents killed in the line of duty.
“The key issue of government accountability remains,” Robert Heyer, chairman of the Honor Brian Terry Foundation and the border patrol agent’s cousin, said in a statement. “Why was the operation that killed Brian authorized and who will be held to account? These questions must be answered no matter how high we must look to get them. The family looks forward to the pending Inspector General’s report.”