Almost a Year and a Half Later

David Zickl is the photographer who snapped this memorable photo of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz, and his brother, Phil, in a tack room.

Here's what David blogged about this assignment: "In the summer of 2005, I had the good fortune to be given an assignment to photograph a group of 3rd and 4th generation ranch families in Cochise County. Families like the Glenns, Kimbles, McDonalds, Snures, the Krentzs had lived along the southern Arizona border for over 100 years. Their great grandfathers and grandfathers had homesteaded over 1,000,000 acres of cattle land and they are determined to preserve their vanishing way of life. Together they formed the Malpai Borderlands Group, a grassroots, landowner-driven nonprofit organization attempting to implement ecosystem management on nearly one million acres of virtually unfragmented open-space landscape in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico."

You can imagine how shocked Mr. Zickl was when he learned of Rob's death (murdered, on his property, on March 27th, 2010 by a suspected illegal alien).

Rob's killer has not been caught, but a reward fund has been established.

The Malpai Borderlands Group has established a scholarship in Rob's honor.

And the border? Unsecure as ever.

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