5 YEARS AGO TODAY
Agent Robert Rosas, of the Campo, Calif., Border Patrol Station, died in the line of duty on the night of July 23, 2009. On Wednesday, July 23, shortly before sunset, a 68-mile memorial border relay run will take place in honor of Agent Robert Rosas. The relay will start from the location of Robert’s memorial cross near the border fence in Campo, Calif., and will end at his gravesite in his hometown of El Centro, California. San Diego Sector Border Patrol participants will run twenty-two, 2.55 mile legs throughout the night to complete the 68-mile relay that memorializes Robert’s former call sign, 255.
Agent Rosas was born and raised in El Centro, Calif., and he often was referred to as the “Mayor of El Centro,” due to his popularity and his friendly, witty demeanor. He graduated from Central Union High School, where he met his wife, Rosalie. Prior to becoming a Border Patrol agent, he worked as a corrections officer for six years at Centinela State Prison, in addition to serving two years as a reserve police officer for the El Centro Police Department. Agent Rosas began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol on May 22, 2006, as a member of the 621st Session at the Border Patrol Academy.
On the night of July 23, 2009, while patrolling near Campo, CA Agent Rosas responded to suspicious activity in an area notorious for alien and drug smuggling when he was shot and killed by unidentified assailants. A joint investigation, to include the cooperation and assistance of the Government of Mexico, led to the identification and arrest of four subjects who were subsequently extradited to the United States to face justice. To date, four of the assailants have pled guilty and have been convicted for the participation in the July 2009 robbery and murder of United States Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, Jr. The fifth remains a fugitive, and there is a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest or location.
The murder of Agent Rosas resulted in the loss of a colleague, friend, brother, son, and loving husband and father who had two young children.
Agent Rosas’ dedication to duty, country, and his family shall never be forgotten.