Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Slain rancher honored in son's donations

Las Crucen Andy Krentz walked through the halls of his former workplace Tuesday, the athletic training office at Mayfield High School, and quietly handed over a $1,000 check. The donation, when compared to the district's overall yearly budget, might seem small at first glance. But the story behind it is not an insignificant one. Krentz, 29, is the son of Robert Krentz Jr. - a 58-year-old rancher who was fatally shot, possibly by a drug trafficker, as he worked his southeastern Arizona cattle operation in March. The incident prompted a firestorm of debate in Arizona about illegal immigration, which quickly spread to the national level. Andy Krentz grew up on his family's ranch, just west of the New Mexico border in Cochise County. He attended high school in Animas, N.M., about a 50 miles trip one-way from the family's ranch home. He moved to Las Cruces in 1999 to attend New Mexico State University, where he eventually earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy and a master's degree in education...more

The entire family has exhibited nothing but class during this entire sad episode.

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