Two weeks after a border agent killed a father of five with a Taser, the F.B.I. OK’s the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol murder of a Mexican teenager across the U.S.-Mexico border (0:48):
A U.S. border patrol shot and killed Sergio Hernandez, a 14-year-old Mexican high school student, Monday evening. Amnesty International issued a statement—joining the Mexican government—in condemning the murder.
The agent was reportedly responding to “a report of a group of suspected illegal immigrants being smuggled into the United States near the Paso del Norte port of entry, F.B.I. Special Agent Andrea Simmons said”, CNN reported. She confirmed that the border agent had rocks thrown toward him after he had detained Oscar Ivan Pineda Ayala and putting Augustin Alcaraz Reyes—two of the now-kidnapped migrants. “The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died,” she said and also confirmed the body was found on the “Mexican” side of the border, but that the shooting agent “was on the U.S. side of the border and never left“.
A photograph of the site, posted at The Raw Story (via the Associated Press) “that the boy would have had to throw a rock a long distance and high enough to cross a fence to reach any border agents on the other side”.
Amnesty International notes the murder of the teenage “comes less than two weeks after the death of a Mexican immigrant who was tasered by U.S. border police while being deported at the San Yisidro border crossing in California”.
Anastasio Hernández Rojas, a 42-year-old married father of five, “was brutally beaten and killed while in the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents on Friday, May 28”, Russia Today reported last week. After being deported over two months ago, Customs and Border Patrol kidnapped him again on the U.S. side of the border, beat him with a baton and shocked him with a Taser, Amnesty International said in a June 3 statement:
He reportedly stopped breathing shortly after being tasered and was pronounced brain dead in hospital some 21 hours later; he was removed from a life support machine on Monday.The San Diego medical examiner announced on Wednesday that he died of a heart attack, with signs of methamphetamine abuse and high blood pressure contributing factors; the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The amount of methamphetamine in his system was not reported.
EDIT: Tracy Wilkinson and Richard Serrano at the Los Angeles Times (LAT) wrote a generally worthless report on the killing of Sergio Hernandez. It quotes Andrea Simmons quite a bit, but ignores her confirmation of which side of the border the boy’s body was found. The report only states that the boy’s parents “said he had finished eating, hooked up with some friends and was watching, from the Mexican side”. But it does add: “Simmons acknowledged that the F.B.I. was not certain that the boy slain was among those throwing rocks.”
Disappointing, as the LAT reporters and editors are usually pretty good at reporting on migrants and the border.
Also, the LAT relays the age of the young boy as 15. Unsure about the boy’s actual birthdate, but age is culturally recognized in Latin America differently than it is on the Anglo-American side of the globe. For example, the age of a newborn baby is generally recognized as ‘one’; therefore a year after his birth, his age would be recognized as ‘two’ as it would be his second actual birthday—the first being the day he was born, if this all makes sense. Pretty sure, this was lost in translation.