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Special DEA Agent Murdered

Posted: Updated: June 22, 2013 11:39 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News, CNN, CBS) - Local family and friends were mourning the loss of a federal worker Saturday night.

That's after police said he was stabbed to death in South America.

Police are searching for the assailants who murdered a Special Drug Enforcement Administration Agent in an attempted taxi robbery.

The DEA announced the tragic death of former federal agent, 43-year-old Terry Watson, a native to Richland Parish who was killed while stationed in Colombia.

"Down there you're never really off duty. Every day you're always at risk," said Albert Paxton, Watson Family Spokesperson.

Columbia's national police said one of the last things Watson did was watch the NBA final in a popular section of Bogota, Park 93.

The U.S. Ambassador said Special Agent Watson was last seen catching a cab near the park, until police found him abandoned in the street just a few blocks away. They then rushed him to a local clinic, where he was pronounced dead.

Colombian authorities said Watson suffered from three stab wounds to his chest, and one in the leg, but do not believe the murder was connected with Watson's job.

Once the autopsy is complete in Colombia, Watson is expected to be flown here to the Monroe Regional Airport, where he can be reunited with his family.

"Good old country boy from Richland Parish and family was a big deal to him. And even though he was gone, they stayed in contact and they stayed close and he came home every time he could," said Paxton.

Police and DEA officials are reviewing surveillance cameras in the Bogota area in the hopes to identify the assailants.

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart released a statement, "We are saddened by this devastating loss of a member of the DEA family "Terry was a brave and talented DEA Special Agent who served our agency for 13 years. These are the worst days for anyone in law enforcement and we grieve Terry's loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry's wife and family, and we will forever carry his memory in our hearts."

Law enforcement officials are offering a reward of 50,000,000 pesos, which is about $30,000, for more information about the murder of DEA veteran Terry Watson.

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