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James Terry Watson
December 09, 1970 - June 21, 2013
Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Terry Watson was murdered on June 21, 2013, during a robbery attempt in Bogota, Colombia. Special Agent Watson was assigned to the DEA Cartagena, Colombia Resident Office at the time of the incident and was on official travel to Bogota as part of a maritime drug smuggling investigation. After leaving colleagues at a restaurant en route to his hotel, Special Agent Watson hailed a cab and, after entering the cab, was stabbed by members of a robbery crew. He fled the cab but collapsed a short distance away. Bystanders came to his aid, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Special Agent Watson worked for DEA for 13 years, serving in Honolulu, Hawaii, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also served three deployments to Afghanistan conducting dangerous counternarcotics missions as a member of DEA’s FAST program. Prior to his DEA service, Special Agent Watson worked for the United States Marshals Service and served in the United States Army. Special Agent Watson was survived by his wife, Fadia de la Rosa; his mother, Henrietta; his father and stepmother, Paul and Linda; and his brother, Scott.