A day after losing a husband and father, Nick Ivie’s family is relying on faith to get through a difficult time.
“They are coping remarkably well. They have their faith that is sustaining them,” said Kevin Goates, a family friend of Ivie’s.
When the 30-year-old border patrol agent was gunned down near Naco, Ariz., he left behind a wife and two little girls.
“He adored his daughters and his daughters adored their dad.”
The Utah native met his wife, Christie there. Their six-year anniversary was just a few months away.
“They believe that families aren’t just for this life, but families are forever. They look forward to being with Nick at a later time,” Goates said.
Goates met Ivie four years ago at the Mormon church in Sierra Vista, where Ivie has recently been put in a leadership role.
He said the family will never forget the man who never missed church, even after a long weekend patrolling the border.
Ivie had led the congregation on Sunday for the first time.
Goates said Ivie served a two-year mission in Mexico before joining the border patrol in 2008.