FBI pays tribune to slain agent in Sunrise raid at Hard Rock Stadium

Lisa J. Huriash, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger is being memorialized this afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens by scores of agents who came to pay tribute from throughout the country.

A sea of red and blue lights were flashing on both undercover law enforcement cars and marked road patrol Sheriff cars outside the stadium in the lengthy precession.

Schwartzenberger, 43, was killed in Sunrise on Tuesday in a pre-dawn ambush after she and other agents arrived at David Huber’s apartment with a search warrant related to violent crimes against children.

Five agents were shot.

Killed with Scwartzenberger was Special Agent Daniel Alfin. His memorial service will be Sunday afternoon, also at Hard Rock Stadium.

Huber’s home was equipped with cameras and he used a high-powered weapon to fire a torrent of bullets through the door, hitting the agents who had lined up outside his apartment in the Water Terrace development.

The shooting deaths of the agents in Sunrise was the deadliest violent incident for the bureau since 1986 and the first shooting death of an agent since 2008, according to the FBI Wall of Honor.

After the attack, Huber turned the weapon on himself. The details of the warrant to search Huber’s home have not been made public yet. Huber was 55 and a computer systems engineer.

Born on July 29, 1977, Schwartzenberger grew up in Pueblo, Co., the foothills of Rocky Mountains. As someone with both grit and grace, Schwartzenberger dove competitively in high school. She studied criminology at Northeastern University in Boston and then got her master’s degree in international studies at University of Denver.

Schwartzenberger joined the FBI in 2005. Her first assignment was in Albuquerque, N.M. She transferred to Miami in 2010. A mother to two boys Gavin and Damon, Schwartzenberger eventually landed a spot on the violent crimes against children task force. There she excelled.

In 2016 she was named Federal Agent of the Year. In 2016 and in 2019 she was named Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the year.

Schwartzenberger was married for 16 years, and she and her husband had two sons.

Friends took on a gofundme page. On Saturday afternoon about $105,000 had been raised.

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Eileen Kelley can be reached at 772-925-9193 or ekelley@sunsentinel.com. Follow on Twitter @reporterkell.