[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)] [January 7, 1998] [Page 9] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on the Death of Manuel Zurita January 7, 1998 Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Customs Senior Special Agent Manuel Zurita. We are eternally grateful for the courage and bravery of the men and women who protect us each and every day. This tragic accident painfully reminds us of the risks our law enforcement officials face keeping our country safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and their four children as they deal with this devastating loss. Note: Agent Zurita was fatally injured in a January 1 boat accident while aboard a U.S. Customs Service vessel providing security for the President's arrival in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.