Victims' network wraps up 48-hour vigil in Nogales - Tucson News Now

Victims' network wraps up 48-hour vigil in Nogales

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Members of the Border Patrol Victims Network held vigils in downtown Nogales for 48 hours this weekend.

The group, whose intentions are to connect the families of people who have died during incidents with Border Patrol agents, is calling for justice for families in the United States and Mexico.

"It's bad for everybody," said volunteer Ana Maria VasquezLeon. "Doesn't matter which side of the border you're on."

She was joined for the final vigil Sunday night by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. The 16-year-old boy was shot and killed by agents in October of 2012. His grandmother, Taida Elena, said he died just blocks away from his home in Nogales, Sonora.

"This crime with Jose Antonio will not be forgotten by the community," she said.

The organization is not focused solely on incidents in Southern Arizona, but across North America. Elena said she hopes to see justice for every one of the victim's families.

"With this, we hope other victims join with us," Elena said. "So that we can become stronger, so that more of us can be heard."

Vasquez Leon said Sunday that the 48-hour vigil might be over, but the work of the Border Patrol Victims Network is just beginning.

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