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The U.S Border Patrol Academy held a small private roadside service and memorial last week honoring the life of one of their own.

Border Patrol Agent Hermilo Moya Jr. was remembered by Patrol Agent-in-Charge Melissa Lucio of the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol Station, who, along with the Border Patrol Academy Honor Guard, Academy staff members, and members of the academy’s Explorer Post, unveiled a cross marking the location of his death.

Moya was tragically killed 12 years ago in an off-duty motorcycle accident on U.S. 70 between Ruidoso.

“The Sept. 18, 2005, accident serves as a stark reminder of how fragile life can be and the importance of remembering those who have passed before us,” said TOS Juan Di Bella of the BPA.