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The parents of slain ICE Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata and his partner, ICE Special Agent Victor Avila Jr., filed a civil lawsuit in federal court Tuesday, alleging a conspiracy, cover-up and negligence in connection with the attack on the agents nearly two years ago in Mexico.

Zapata was killed and Avila seriously injured Feb. 15, 2011, when gunmen, believed to be members of a drug trafficking organization, ambushed them as they drove along Highway 57 near Santa Maria del Rio in the northern state of San Luis Potosi.

Defendants named in the lawsuit include the U.S. government, federal agencies, U.S. and Mexico officials, firearms dealers, and what the lawsuit alleges are straw purchasers and gunrunners.

Source: Emma Perez-Trevino for Valley Morning Star

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