One year later, questions remain over teen’s death at US-Mexico border

Human rights activists are demanding justice for a teenager killed one year ago by border patrol.

On October 10, 2012 federal agents responded to a drug smuggling call at the border wall in Nogales, Arizona. They say 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was on the Mexico side, started throwing rocks.

Agents fired shots from the U.S. side and hit Jose Antonio at least eleven times.

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The federal investigation into his death is ongoing and Thursday night activists gathered on both sides of the border demanding answers. “I have a 16 year old brother and if I were to hear that he was shot because he was throwing rocks at somebody, I don’t think I would take it very well,” says Violet Hays, an NAU student taking a class on immigration and border policy.

Activists say if past cases are any indication, there will never be justice for Jose Antonio.

In August, federal authorities announced they won’t press charges against the agents involved in the 2011 shooting deaths of Carlos La Madrid and Ramses Barron-Torres. The Department of Justice says the decisions were based on facts that didn’t support reason to press charges.

Due to the government shutdown, both border patrol and the Department of Justice couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday to address the death of Jose Antonio.

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