Florida: Slain FBI agent remembered for protecting children

  • Family members arrive in the procession behind the hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger as they arrive at the memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    Family members arrive in the procession behind the hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger as they arrive at the memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Law enforcement representatives embrace as they leave a memorial service for Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    Law enforcement representatives embrace as they leave a memorial service for Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • FBI personnel and law enforcement representatives leave a memorial service for Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    FBI personnel and law enforcement representatives leave a memorial service for Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • The hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger arrives at the memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    The hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger arrives at the memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Members of the Delray Beach Police force arrive in the rain for a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    Members of the Delray Beach Police force arrive in the rain for a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • An honour guard horse is prepared to carry the symbolic empty boots prior to a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    An honour guard horse is prepared to carry the symbolic empty boots prior to a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • An honor guard horse is prepared to carry the symbolic empty boots prior to a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    An honor guard horse is prepared to carry the symbolic empty boots prior to a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • Guests and representatives from various law enforcement agencies arrive in the rain for a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    Guests and representatives from various law enforcement agencies arrive in the rain for a memorial service for FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • A hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger arrives at the memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    A hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger arrives at the memorial service Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • George Piro, FBI Special Agent in charge of the Miami Field Office speaks to reporters after a memorial service for Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    George Piro, FBI Special Agent in charge of the Miami Field Office speaks to reporters after a memorial service for Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • The hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger leaves with a police escort after a memorial service at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    The hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger leaves with a police escort after a memorial service at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

  • The hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger leaves a memorial service at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla.

    The hearse carrying the casket of FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger leaves a memorial service at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were killed while serving a warrant this week in Sunrise, Fla. Associated Press

 
 
Posted2/7/2021 7:00 AM

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- A slain FBI agent was remembered for her strength, infectious laugh, love of family and commitment to protecting children during a memorial service Saturday.

Agents Laura Schwartzenberger, 43, and Daniel Alfin, 36, were gunned down Tuesday while serving a search warrant at the Broward County home of a child pornography suspect. The service for Schwartzenberger was held at the Miami Dolphins' football stadium. A separate service for Alfin will be held there Sunday.

 

'úThere are no good words to make sense of a loss like this, no good words for a day like Tuesday, or like today,'Ě said FBI Director Christopher Wray. 'úThere's a heaviness in our hearts and a burden unlike any other, because there is nothing more devastating to the FBI family than the loss of an agent in the line of duty.'Ě

Schwartzenberger's casket was draped with an American flag as it was brought out to the field as bagpipers played. The flag was later folded into a triangle and presented to her family by Wray. She was given a 21-gun salute during the service.

'úLaura chose to be part of a team that spends their days in darkness confronting the very worst parts of humanity. It's a job with high stress, high emotional toll and high burnout,'Ě Wray said of the agent, who was originally from Pueblo, Colorado. 'úLaura never stopped. She'd talk to anybody and everybody about protecting children from predators online.'Ě

Federal government officials who attended the service with Wray were Acting U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and President Joe Biden's Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.

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'úDuring her 15 years as an FBI Special Agent, Laura Schwartzenberger was selfless, tireless, brave and committed to protecting some of society's most vulnerable: its children,'Ě Wilkinson said in statement.

Sherwood-Randall also praised Schwartzenberger's service to the nation, calling her 'úan American hero who dedicated her life to keeping our country, our citizens and especially our children safe.'Ě

The shootings marked one of the bloodiest days in FBI history in South Florida and among the deadliest nationally as well, according to the FBI website. Suspect David Huber, 55, killed himself before he could be arrested.

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