"He really did love the people he worked with and he was a hero."
The family of murdered Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie is speaking out for the first time Thursday, describing a dedicated officer ho loved his job, and as someone always willing to step in and help those in need.
The family is talking on the same day a Mexican law enforcement official confirmed there are two men in custody who may be connected to the murder of Agent Ivie.
Their names are not being released, and investigators are still collecting evidence.
The family is sharing more about Nicholas Ivie, a hardworking young man who dedicated his life to public service.
The close-knit community in Sierra Vista in southern Arizona is rallying around Ivie's widow and two young daughters.
The fallen agent is remembered as a man who loved his job, his faith, and his family.
"You can see all the nieces and nephews over here - he was a favorite uncle - he was that kind of a person," said older brother Chris Ivie.
Chris says 30-year-old Nick was a devout Mormon who learned to speak fluent Spanish after a two year mission in Mexico. He loved his job patrolling on horseback.
"Sometimes when you do something - you take something you love to do and you do it as a job it kind of takes the fun out of it - and I asked him one time I said is riding becoming a chore? And he said, he just smiled and said riding never gets old."
He told a story of a woman Nick came across while on patrol near the border.
"She was pregnant and lost her shoes. Her feet were cut up and had them wrapped in rags and couldn't make it any farther, and he carried that woman a mile and a half to where she could receive the proper help that she needed," said Chris Ivie.
30 other family members gathered to share personal memories of Nicholas. But they'll remember him most as a devoted husband and father to his two little girls, just 4 years and 1 year old, who were the center of his world.
"He had a bicycle with one of those little trailers on it and another little trailer behind that. and he was pulling the kids around with those little trailers on the bicycle. Yeah Nick really loved his kids and its difficult when they ask for him and you can't really explain it that well."
Nearly 100 people attended a candlelight procession in honor of Agent Ivie Thursday night. It began at Saint Michael's Catholic Parish in Naco.
Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano will be in Arizona on Friday to express her condolences to the family of Agent Ivie.
There are reports out there that FBI agents are not ruling out the possibility that Agent Ivie was killed by friendly fire -- but a spokesperson says right now they are not commenting.
As far as the investigation into Ivie's death, the family says they don't know anything more than what we've already heard and is focusing on taking care of Nick's family.
"I think for everybody in law enforcement that thought is, in the back
of your head, it happens so rarely, it'll never happen to us," said Chris.