Federal agents will return to Waco today to look over the site that was once the Branch Davidian compound, authorities say.
Agents are scheduled to walk through the remains of the compound area between 8 and 9 a.m., said ATF spokesperson Jack Killorin.
“They had requested quite a while back to come back once it was over,” he said Friday. “Going back is a good part of the healing process.”
On Feb. 28, ATF agents engaged in a deadly shootout with religious sect members. The gunfire killed four agents and wounded 16.
Returning to the scene will help the agents cope with emotional and physical scars that resulted from the gunfire, he said.
Killorin stressed that the visit was not designed to be a public event.
“They’ll be going through with prosecutors, and the media is not to be a part of it,” he said. “They won’t take any questions or make any statements. There will also be no press conference after it’s over.”
At 2 p.m. today, the agents will attend a memorial service at Highland Baptist Church, 3014 Maple Avenue.
“As far as I know the media will not be allowed inside,” said Tommy Tudor, a marketing assistant for Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center.
Hospital officials answered calls concerning the service on Friday.
“There are certain invited guests. That’s what I understand,” he said.