The remains of a DEA agent who last week was killed in an alleged robbery in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Monday was flown to the United States where he will be buried.
U.S. ambassador to Bogota, Michael McKinley, his wife and a number of American and Colombian officials paid their last respects to James “Terry” Watson at a military airport in the Colombian capital.
Following the ceremony, the murdered official was boarded on a US airplane and flown home.
In a press release, the embassy said that until now “everything indicates” that the DEA agent was killed in a robbery. There has been no suggestion the suspected robbers knew they had set upon a DEA agent.
Earlier, McKinley had said that Watson’s death “is a tragedy and a loss felt by the entire diplomatic mission.”
The DEA said Watson was a 13-year veteran of the agency. He had been sent to Afghanistan three times on counter-narcotics trafficking assignments and had previously served in the Army and worked for the U.S. Marshals Service.
Colombian authorities have offered a $26,000 reward for information leading to the perpetrators of the fatal attack on the DEA agent.