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Criminal Investigator Manuel Zurita, VII | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service - Office of Investigations, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service - Office of Investigations, U.S. Government

Criminal Investigator

Manuel Zurita, VII

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service - Office of Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, January 6, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Boating accident

Location: Virgin Islands

Incident Date: 1/1/1998

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Investigator Manuel Zurita died on January 6, 1998, from injuries he sustained in a boating accident on January 1, 1998, while assisting the United States Secret Service with a presidential protection detail for President William Clinton.

He and two other customs agents were securing the waters to assure a safe landing for Air Force One when their boat hit a coral reef outside of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Investigator Zurita was air-lifted with massive injuries to a hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he later died of his injuries. The two other agents were seriously injured in the accident.

Investigator Zurita had served with the Customs Service for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

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Hi dad,its me ur son the blacksheep..bombin..era para decirte q estes dnd estes tienes unos hermosos nietos,deberias d estar orgullosos lo bellos q son jaa darla,denisse y enid hermisas unas modelos y pues yo aqui luchando cn todo papi,e tenido mis altas y bajas papi,pero tu sabes solamente como soy,me caigo pero asi mismo m levanto y mas q tengo tu sangre y la d mami,estoy orgulloso d ser tu hijo,no sabes cuanto te extraño y cuanto dolor me da en mi pecho q tu no estuvieras aqui para apoyarme y corregirme como solo tu sabias,eras un hombre sabio en tu manera d ser,no hay nadie como tu,extraño salir contigo y reirnos sin parar,jajaaa,muchas cosas q tu sabes,te las llevastes jajaa,bueno mami esta hecha una guerrera,ella a sido el pilar d nosotros,la q nos da el coraje para seguir adelante,en fin una gran madre y es la q ora x nosotros y nos levanta el animo,papi no digas nada,pero ella se a quedado fiel a ti,me dijo q tu fuistes el primero y seras el ultimo..no muchas son asi,antes d hirme queria decirte q te amo y gracias...tu hijo..bombin.

Son - Manuel L. Zurita Rodriguez
My father
April 2, 2016

 

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