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Posted: Feb 12, 2013 9:32 PM

Updated: Feb 12, 2013 10:25 PM

BROWNSVILLE - The family of slain Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata filed a lawsuit against the federal government.

The lawsuit also was filed on behalf of Special Agent Victor Avila Jr. He survived the attack that killed Zapata in February, 2011, in San Luis Potosi Mexico.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday evening in U.S. district court in Brownsville.

The lawsuit names the federal government, the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security. It also names half a dozen officials from the ATF and ICE. The list of defendants doesn't end there.

Zapata and Avila were assigned to the U.S. embassy in Mexico City.

Part of the lawsuit refers to a security notice sent to all embassy employees warning them of travel restrictions in Mexico.

Zapata and Avila were ordered to travel to San Luis Postosi from Mexico City despite the warning. The two were attacked on a highway deemed too dangerous for travel.

One of the weapons recovered at the scene was traced to a gun shop near Dallas.

The families filed a claim against the ATF, ICE and FBI in June, but the claim was rejected.

The families want to know what protocols and policies were in place when the killing happened. They also want to know the nature of their mission.

Topics: jaime zapata, victor avila, mexico, ice, fbi, atf, lawsuit

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