El Paso/Juarez: Border Patrol Shoots and Kills 14-Year-Old Boy


From the Web Site economic refugee 

MSNBC reported that the U.S. Border Patrol border patrol shot and killed a 14-year-old boy.
The boy’s sister, Rosario Hernandez, told Associated Press Television News that her brother was playing with several friends and did not plan to cross the border.
“They say that they started firing from over there and suddenly hit him in the head,” she said Monday.
His mother, Maria Guadalupe Guereca, told Milenio TV in Mexico that her son had gone to visit his brother, who handles luggage at a border customs office. While there, he met up with a group of friends and they decided to hang out by the river, she said.
[...] She said he ran and hid underneath one of the bridge’s pillars upon hearing gunfire.
“He was a boy, and even then they killed him,” she said. “I ask that they punish them. … They left me without anything.”
Sergio Belmonte, spokesman for the Ciudad Juarez mayor, said state justice officials have the body and are performing an autopsy before releasing the body to the family.
The boy was shot once near the eye, and authorities found one 40-millimeter casing near the body on Mexican soil, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua Attorney General’s office. Authorities are still investigating the bullet’s trajectory, he said.

At the El Paso Times, Daniel Burunda reports, “U.S. authorities would not confirm if someone died, but Mexican news media reported a young man was dead. Some outlets showed photos of the body under the Puente Negro, or the Black Bridge, just west of the Paso del Norte Bridge.”