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  • Steven Robinson
    Armed stand-off between Mexican soldiers and U.S. officials investigating fatal shooting of boy, 15 By Mail Foreign Service Daily Mail - UK June 10, 2010 Armed
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 10, 2010
      Armed stand-off between Mexican soldiers and U.S. officials investigating
      fatal shooting of boy, 15

      By Mail Foreign Service
      Daily Mail - UK
      June 10, 2010

      Armed Mexican soldiers have clashed with U.S. Border Patrol agents over
      investigations into the fatal shooting of a teenager.

      The confrontation on the banks of the Rio Grande saw American agents chased
      from the scene by Mexican security forces pointing their rifles at them, the
      FBI said yesterday.

      It comes the day after a 15-year-old Mexican boy was shot dead at the
      U.S.-Mexico border by American officials after pelting them with stones. It
      was the second fatal shooting in two weeks. 'It pretty quickly got very
      intense over on the Mexican side,' FBI spokesman Andrea Simmons said about
      the confrontation.

      She added that agents later returned and resumed the investigation, even as
      Mexican authorities pointed guns at them from across the river.

      However, Mexico's Defense Secretary later released a statement saying
      soldiers were not present at the reported confrontation.

      Enrique Torres, spokesman for the joint federal, state and municipal police
      operation in Chihuahua, said it was Mexican police at the scene.

      Mexican authorities accused the Americans of trying to recover evidence from
      their side of the border, according to a witness.

      The confrontation occurred Monday night over the body of Sergio Adrian
      Hernandez Huereka, who died of his wounds beside the column of a railroad
      bridge connecting Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas.

      U.S. officials claim the guard was defending himself and his colleagues when
      he gunned down the teenager on the other side of the border as he and other
      officers were pelted with stones.

      The border patrol were trying to arrest illegal immigrants on the Texas side
      of the Rio Grande river.

      The dead teenager's father Jesus Hernandez said: 'There is a God, so why
      would I want vengeance if no one will return him to me.

      'They killed my little boy and the only thing I ask is for the law to be

      His wife Maria Guadalupe Huereca said: 'May God forgive them because I know
      nothing will happen to them.'

      Preliminary reports on the incident indicated that U.S. officers on bicycle
      patrol 'were assaulted with rocks by an unknown number of people,' Border
      Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Ramiro Cordero said. 'During the
      assault at least one agent discharged his firearm,' he added. 'The agent is
      currently on administrative leave. A thorough, multi-agency investigation is
      currently ongoing.'

      The shooting was beneath a railway bridge linking the two nations.

      The boy's sister, Rosario, said 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.

      It comes comes less than two weeks after another Mexican migrant, Anastasio
      Hernandez, 32, died after a U.S. border official shocked him with a stun gun
      at the San Ysidro border crossing that separates San Diego and Tijuana,
      Mexico. The San Diego medical examiner's office ruled that death a homicide.
      Both the U.S. and Mexican governments have made veiled accusations
      suggesting misconduct on the part of the other's law enforcement agents over
      Monday's shooting.

      Hernandez was found six metres into Mexico, and an autopsy revealed that the
      fatal shot was fired at a relatively close range, according to Arturo
      Sandoval, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office.

      Mexican authorities said a .40-calibre shell casing was found near the body,
      suggesting that the Border Patrol agent might have crossed into Mexico to
      shoot the boy.

      That would violate the rules for Border Patrol agents, who are supposed to
      stay on the U.S. side - and could open the agent to a Mexican homicide

      A U.S. official close to the investigation said authorities have a video
      showing that the Border Patrol agent did not cross into Mexico.

      In fact, the official said, the video shows what appear to be members of
      Mexican law enforcement crossing on to the U.S. side, picking something up
      and returning to Mexico.

      Alejandro Pariente, Chihuahua state's regional deputy attorney general, said
      the U.S. Border Patrol has given video footage which he is reviewing.

      He declined to describe it except to say that it has sped up the

      A vigil was held for the dead teenager last night near the scene where he
      was shot.

      Mexican President Felipe Calderon pledged to 'use all resources available to
      protect the rights of Mexican migrants'.

      Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said its records indicate the number
      of Mexicans killed or wounded by immigration authorities rose from five in
      2008 to 17 so far this year.

      Last month President Calderon travelled to Washington for talks with Barack
      Obama over the contentious issue of illegal immigration into the U.S. and
      the controversy over the recently passed Arizona anti-immigrant law.

      He said: 'I know that we share the interest in promoting dignified, legal
      and orderly living conditions to all migrant workers.

      'Many of them, despite their significant contribution to the economy and to
      the society of the Unites States, still live in the shadows and,
      occasionally, as in Arizona, they even face discrimination.'


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