Father of Mexican Teen Killed By Border Patrol Speaks Out
POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 10:09pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 12:15pm
DOWNTOWN EL PASO — Has justice been served in the two years since a U.S Border Patrol Agent shot and killed a Mexican teenager? Not according to the teen's family or The Border Network for Human Rights which marched in protest Thursday afternoon.
For the first time, we heard from the teen's father.
On Wednesday, representatives from The U.S. Justice Department were in El Paso, explaining to the boy’s family why our government chose not to prosecute the border agent. Then on Thursday, U.S. Border Patrol Agents allowed us to speak to Sergio Guereca’s father through the fence near The Paso Del Norte Bridge, just feet from where his son was shot dead.
A U.S Border Patrol Agent killed Guereca after the teen allegedly threw rocks from the Mexico side of the border toward the agent.
In a rare opportunity, federal Border Patrol agents allowed members of The Border Network to come right up to the U.S. and Mexico border fence to express their condolences to the family.
Border Patrol allowed a Border Network member to give the family flowers and then we asked the father about his son's death.
He says it hurts him a lot. He goes on to say U.S. officials showed him a video showing teens throwing rocks at the agent, but claims his son isn't in the video.
Jose says, yes his son was a trouble maker, but says every young kid is and that doesn't justify his son's death. Jose then moved away from his son's death specifically, and said the Mexican government has turned a blind eye to murders in Juarez.
The Border Network for Human Rights is attempting to collect one hundred thousand signatures, asking the U.S. government to create tougher legislation against federal agents who kill anyone on the Mexico side of the border.