Are families of cross-border shooting victims a step closer to justice?


It’s been almost two years since 16-year-old José Antonio Elena Rodríguez was killed in the Mexican town of Nogales as he walked down a street close to his home near the U.S.-Mexico border. According to reports, on the night of Oct. 10, 2012, an unidentified Border Patrol agent opened fire on José through the steel-beamed border fence that stands on a cliff above the street where he was walking.

José was shot at least 10 times as he stood on Mexican soil — by an agent standing on U.S. soil.

Until recently, José’s family believed it was likely no one would be held responsible for his death. Since the bullets that killed José traveled from the U.S. into Mexico and because José was not a U.S. citizen, finding justice under the Constitution has been an uphill battle.


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