A slain U.S Border Patrol Agent is receiving the Border Patrol’s highest honor for bravery and heroism.
Robert W. Rosas will be awarded the Newton-Azrak Award posthumously during a ceremony Friday in Washington D.C, the Union-Tribune reported.
Rosas was shot eight times the night of July 23 while tracking a group of smugglers off Shockey Truck Trail, along the border east of Campo.
"Without a shred of doubt, Agent Rosas answered the call of duty by selflessly dedicating his life to protect our nation. His courageous sacrifice is clearly reflected by this tremendous honor," Acting Chief Patrol Agent Richard Barlow of the San Diego sector said in a statement.
A Border Patrol told the Tribune some of Rosas’ family members planned to attend the ceremony.
Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17, admitted entering the United States illegally from Mexico to rob a Border Patrol agent of government property, prosecutors said. In court, Castro-Alvarez plead guilty to one count of murder of a federal officer in the commission of a robbery. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Castro-Alvarez is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, the Union Tribune reported.
According to the OfficerDownMemorialPage.com, Rosas was 30 years old and had served with the Border Patrol for the past three years and is survived by his wife and two children.