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2 Years Later: José Antonio Elena Rodríguez’s Mom Still Wants Answers

“We want the U.S. government to stop killing our kids.” - Gabriela López, José Antonio’s aunt

Just after 11:30 p.m., two years ago Friday, the shots rang out.

A Border Patrol agent, aiming through a narrow opening in the border fence, emptied all 12 rounds from his .40-caliber pistol. He reloaded and continued firing, riddling a teenage boy in the back and head, leaving him face-down in a pool of his own blood.

The Border Patrol said the agent fired at rock-throwers; witnesses say the boy killed was just walking down the street.

During the two years since José Antonio Elena Rodríguez, 16, was shot to death, much has changed. New policies inside Customs and Border Protection, federal court rulings and public pressure are combining in ways that may help prevent similar contentious deaths.

But some things remain the same.

Two years on, Araceli Rodríguez still seeks to know who killed her son and why.

Read more at the Arizona Republic

Also read: Nogales Marks Two-year Anniversary of Teen’s Shooting

Photos: Michael Chow, The Republic


Bianca Balti by Miles Aldridge for Vogue Italia, August 2011