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UPDATE: DEA agent's body expected Monday at Monroe Regional

Source: Watson Family (James "Terry" Watson) Source: Watson Family (James "Terry" Watson)


RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The body of D.E.A. Special Agent James "Terry" Watson is expected to return to the Monroe Regional Airport between 3 P.M. and 5 P.M. Monday afternoon.

There will be a procession to Rayville from Monroe. Louisiana State Police honor guards along with Wildlife and Fisheries honor guards will be there to help lead the body to Richland Parish.

Watson's body will be held at Brown and Holly Funeral Home, on 603 Francis Street in Rayville.

Tuesday, there will be a public memorial scheduled for 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. at Rayville High School on Greer Road.

Wednesday, the body will be laid to rest. A funeral is scheduled at 10 A.M. also at Rayville High School.

D.E.A. agents say it'll be held inside the Art Expo Center.


RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - D.E.A. agents along with locals are preparing for a public memorial at Holly Ridge High School this week for James "Terry" Watson.

Workers are also scheduled to escort Watson's body from the Monroe Regional Airport to Richland Parish this week.

RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The family of a DEA agent killed in South America are releasing more information about their loved one.

James "Terry" Watson was killed last week in Bogota, Colombia in, what police are calling, an attempted robbery.

South American law enforcement say the federal worker was stabbed to death. Currently, they are looking for the criminals behind the murder.

Meanwhile, Albert Paxton, who is serving as the spokesperson for the family sent a message to KNOE 8 News for locals to read:

Terry leaves behind the love of his life, Fadia Watson. Father, Paul Watson and wife Linda. Mother, Henrietta Watson and Billy Collins. Brother, Scott Watson and nephew Conner Watson. Grandmother, Pauline Watson. Step-Brother, Chris Mitchell, wife Chelsea, and their children Christian and Larkin.

James "Terry" Watson was born December 9, 1970 to Paul and Henrietta Watson of Holly Ridge, Louisiana. Terry had one older sibling, Paul "Scott" Watson. Terry lived in Holly Ridge with his family until he graduated high school. As a child, Terry enjoyed riding motorcycles as well as working on them with his brother. At an early age, Terry developed a strong work ethic working with his father in their family owned business. Terry enjoyed traveling, snow skiing, and running which he continued to enjoy all of his life. Terry's father said that he was "wide open all the time." He loved to ski, snowboard and mountain climb. Most children lack direction as to what they desire to be in life, but his parents recall Terry be interested in law enforcement as a young teenager. After graduating from Holly Ridge High School, Terry attended Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) where he obtained a degree in Criminal Justice. While pursing his degree, Terry was employed by the Richland Parish Sheriff's Office as a patrol officer and later as a narcotics investigator.

After graduation from NLU, Watson was hired by the US Marshall's Office and was assigned to Biloxi, Mississippi. After a two year tour with the Marshall's office, he achieved his lifelong goal and was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). On Valentine's Day of this year, he married the love of his life, Fadia. He loved his job and he lived every day to the fullest. He accomplished all the goals he set in his life. Being a DEA Agent was a goal he achieved but he wasn't satisfied with just that. He volunteered to go to Afghanistan three times and he volunteered to serve in South America. Volunteering and taking those risks were part of his character and demonstrate the type of person he was.

When he came back to Richland Parish, he spent most of his time at his grandmother Pauline Watson's house. Pauline is the matriarch of the Watson family and was a very strong influence on Terry while he was growing up and contributed to the type of person he became.

Terry dedicated his life to serving the public and making the world a safer and better place. Terry never wasted a minute of his life and never took it for granted. We are sad that he is gone but are incredibly proud of his service and the type of person he was. We will always love him dearly.

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