Laredo Crimestoppers held the first event in honor of fallen Immigration and Customs Enforcement Inspector Jaime Zapata. Antonia Mejia has the story.
Mouthwatering ribs are prepared at the Laredo Crime Stoppers rib cook-off in memory of fallen ICE Agent Jaime Zapata. Jerry Robinette, Special ICE Agent In Charge, says, "We pretty much found out that one of his favorite past times was to cook. So, in honor of him we're doing the rib cook-off." Zapata's family was present at the event and grateful to see all the support. "So much has happened, so quick, and the family is still trying to really deal with this whole tragedy, and at the same time we wanted to do things in memory of Jaime, so it just takes time," said Robinette. Friends, family, and many others from the ICE team wore shirts with Zapata's badge number to represent him. "I think what would sum it up is it's a great loss and a loss for the familyand for the agent's brother agents and sister agents. You just hate to see a rising star go away that way." Just about 18 teams participated in this first annual rib cook-off contest including the ICE agents' team, and there were many other groups as well to help raise $10,000 for Crime Stoppers. It's a cook-off coordinators say shows appreciation for our law enforcement. Antonia Mejia, Pro 8 News.
The Laredo Bucks were on the ice Saturday night, but only after a moment of silence requested for Agent Zapata. Proceeds from the game are going to that same Jaime Zapata Scholarship Fund as well for students in Laredo.