MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A memorial service was held Saturday afternoon for slain FBI Agent Laura Schwartzenberger at Hard Rock Stadium.
Friends, family, and fellow FBI agents were on hand to remember Schwartzenberger.READ MORE: Oxygen In High Demand For Hospitalized COVID Patients And That's Starting To Create A Strain
Schwartzenberger and Agent Daniel Alfin died early Tuesday when they went to serve a warrant at the Water Terrace Apartments in Sunrise. Three other agents were wounded. The gunman, 55-year-old David Lee Huber, later killed himself.
Schwartzenberger leaves behind a husband and two young boys.
“These two people were American Patriots who chose a special vocation,” said Father James Quinn.
The 43-year-old from Pueblo, Colorado became an FBI agent in 2005 and joined the Miami office in 2010. For more than 7 years, she was dedicated to cases of crimes against children.
FBI Director Christopher Wray who addressed her loved ones said special agents Schwartzenberger and Daniel Alfin, were best friends on and off the field. They made an extraordinary team, he said.
“Two best friends who shared the same passion and determination. Despite all that they witnessed in their careers, they had the same sense of optimism and hope that comes from work. They are two of the very best. This is just heartbreaking,” said Wray.READ MORE: Fifth Straight Day Of Cancellations & Delays For Frustrated Spirit Airlines Passengers
She wasn’t only a brave special agent, but a loving mother, wife, daughter, and friend.
“ She was a true protector of those she loved and cared for. She tackled everything at full speed, never slowing down even as she was crossing the finish line,” said Brenda Chavez, a family friend of the victim.
“Today was a very dark day for us. An extremely difficult day,” said an FBI Agent.
A GoFundMe was set up for the Schwartzenberger family.
The FBI Agents Association Membership Assistance Fund has set up a GoFundMe page for the families of both agents. They have set a goal of $500,000.
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“Special Agents Schwartzenberger and Alfin devoted their careers to capturing criminals who sexually abuse children. These selfless warriors fought day in and day out to protect innocent children who cannot fight to protect themselves. Crimes against children is a violation so dark that most people are afraid to talk about, and only the strongest among us can handle it,” said Jesse Kranz who organized the fundraiser.MORE NEWS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Objects To COVID Vaccine Mandates At Hospitals
Agent Daniel Alfin will be honored on Sunday at 2 p.m. That service will be closed to the public.