A bi-national Day of the Dead procession joined people across the International Border fence in Nogales to demand more information about shooting deaths by the Border Patrol and a change in Border Patrol policies.
A quiet procession strung about 90 people along the streets of Nogales, Arizona as they demanded more from the governments on both sides of the fence after Border Patrol agents shot and killed 16 year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez last month.
"Quiero justicia," his grandmother, Taide Elena said in Spanish before more of what she wanted was translated by Violeta Dominguez of Coalicion de Derechos Humanos: "In front of court with a judge, I want to see justice."
Those in the procession pointed out where he was shot on the Mexican side of the fence and questioned how much of a threat he could have been to the agents on this side.
"You have 40 feet of an embankment and you have another 15 feet of wall in the extension," said Shura Wallin of the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans as she stood near the spot from where she estimated that agents fired on Jose Antonio as he stood below them in Mexico. "We're talking 55 feet of height here that supposedly this young man was able to throw rocks over and impede the Border Patrol."
The procession proceeded to a point on the border fence where a similar group waited on the Mexican side. They chanted and shouted for justice through the fence, and demanded to know the names of the agents who were responsible and whether or not they are still on duty.
The Border Patrol said Friday that it stands beside its earlier statement that it is cooperating fully with the FBI investigation. But it has not released the names or employment status of those involved. The groups on the border Friday said that the situation underlines the need for a change to Border Patrol policies, and are not satisfied that the investigation is by the FBI.
"They're investigating each other and the fact that they talk about this as an investigation of an assault of a federal officer, they're investigating this as a rock-throwing incident and we object to that. We think there has to be a halt to these policies," said Isabel Garcia from Coalicion de Derechos Humanos.
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