By EDGAR SANDOVAL
EDINBURG Edinburg native and Drug Enforcement Agent Frank Arnold Moreno was
buried Monday at Hillcrest Memorial Park as DEA officials, police officers and
family members paid their last respects to the brave agent.
The Mission Police Department Honor Guard conducted honorary services for
Moreno as his remains were laid to rest.
A lone suspect shot and killed Moreno, 37, a week ago in an entertainment
district north of Bogota, Colombia after an argument in a bar. A U.S. Embassy
official in Colombia said the agent had gone to the bar with a male Colombian
friend and got into an argument with a stranger.
Embassy officials said the shooting occurred after what they called a bar
McAllen, Mission and Edinburg police officers along with Department of Public
Safety officials gathered with about 100 area residents, family members and
federal agents at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
We are here to pay respects to a former comrade, but this is a private matter
for the family, said Barry Abbott, agent in charge of the McAllen office.
DEA thanks all the support provided by law enforcement in the Valley.
Family members preferred not to comment.
U.S. Embassy officials in Colombia flew Morenos body to Oklahoma City last
Sunday, where he was stationed before departing to Bogota last January,
Oklahoma City DEA officials said.
Viewing services were held Friday and funeral services took place Saturday in
Oklahoma City. The body was flown to the Rio Grande Valley Monday for
graveside services at the Edinburg cemetery, where his mother was buried some
years ago, officials said.
Dallas DEA Agent-in-Charge Julio Mercado said he will always remember Moreno
as a brave official who conducted his job efficiently.
Moreno had been a DEA agent since 1991 and had spent almost a year on
assignment in Colombia. He had recently married Stacy Moreno, who lives in
Oklahoma City and flew to the Valley for the services.
Moreno was assigned to the Oklahoma City DEA office and was at the Oklahoma
City bombing in April 1995, Mercado said.
Colombian police said they have leads in the murder case. Officials reported a
25-year old Colombian suspect named Jorge Figueroa Monroy surrendered to
authorities Friday at a ranch southwest of Bogota.
Police said Figueroa allegedly shot Moreno after an argument and fled the
scene on a motorcycle. Police are not sure if Monroy knew Moreno was a DEA
agent or if the murder was drug-related.
If found guilty Monroy faces up to 30 years in prison in Colombia.
As far as officials could remember, Moreno was the first Drug Enforcement
Administration agent shot in Colombia since 1982, when two detectives were
wounded in the Caribbean port of Cartagena while investigating marijuana
The DEA has an estimated 50 agents in Colombia, the worlds leading producer
and exporter of cocaine and among the worlds most violent lands with some
27,000 murders a year.