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Photos: Nogales marks one year since teen shot by Border Patrol

  • A girl holds a signs that reads 'Not one more death' during a protest in the Mexican border city of Nogales, Sonora
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comA girl holds a signs that reads 'Not one more death' during a protest in the Mexican border city of Nogales, Sonora
  • Dozens marched through Nogales, Sonora, on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez and marched to the spot where he was shot to death on Oct. 10, 2012.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comDozens marched through Nogales, Sonora, on Thursday to mark the anniversary of the death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez and marched to the spot where he was shot to death on Oct. 10, 2012.
  • The marchers held signs and posters illustrating their frustration with the continuing investigation. Many fear that no justice will come for Rodriguez or his family.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comThe marchers held signs and posters illustrating their frustration with the continuing investigation. Many fear that no justice will come for Rodriguez or his family.
  • Marching through the streets, the protestors called for 'justice' as they worked toward the border wall that separates Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Sonora.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comMarching through the streets, the protestors called for 'justice' as they worked toward the border wall that separates Nogales, Ariz., from Nogales, Sonora.
  • A woman dressed as 'la migra' or a Border Patrol officer pretends to grab the children holding signs that read 'Ni una muerte mas' or 'Not one more death.'
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comA woman dressed as 'la migra' or a Border Patrol officer pretends to grab the children holding signs that read 'Ni una muerte mas' or 'Not one more death.'
  • Near the spot where Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was killed is a mural depicting the 16-year old boy before he was killed on Oct. 10, 2012 by at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comNear the spot where Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was killed is a mural depicting the 16-year old boy before he was killed on Oct. 10, 2012 by at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent.
  • At the border wall, the crowd listened to a song about the border wall and Rodriguez and held candles during a vigil for the boy.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comAt the border wall, the crowd listened to a song about the border wall and Rodriguez and held candles during a vigil for the boy.
  • Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.com
  • Through the border wall, a protestor in the United States illuminates a picture of Rodriguez.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comThrough the border wall, a protestor in the United States illuminates a picture of Rodriguez.
  • A small altar marks the spot, on a corner of Calle International, where Rodriguez was killed.
    Paul M. Ingram/TucsonSentinel.comA small altar marks the spot, on a corner of Calle International, where Rodriguez was killed.

After a year, the shooting death of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez remains an open wound in the Mexican border community of Nogales, Sonora.

More than 200 arrived on both sides of the border wall last week to mark the anniversary and call for justice for the 16-year old boy who was shot to death by at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent. The Oct. 10, 2012, incident remains under investigation by U.S. authorities.

The details from that night remain murky.

U.S. officials have said that Rodriguez, along with other men, threw rocks at border agents as they attempted to investigate a drug smuggling report on the U.S. side.

Isidro Alvarado, a 36-year-old native of Nogales, disputee that claim during a remembrance in April, saying that Rodriguez was hit while walking down the street.

The incident began when several agents responded to a call that drug smugglers were operating near the border fence in Nogales, Ariz. The agents watched as two men abandoned a load of narcotics and retreated over the fence.

As border agents attempted to investigate along with two Nogales police officers, they were bombarded with rocks. A police dog with the NPD officers was hit as they were pelted with rocks and went for cover, officials said.

As some point, two unidentified border agents walked up to the fence and fired their weapons, sending a dozen rounds into Mexico from a point at least 10 feet above Calle Internacional. A surveillance camera mounted on the border fence may have recorded the incident, but the FBI has declined to release any video of the shooting.

An autopsy report released in February by Mexican authorities said that the Mexican teen was hit by a salvo of bullets, and all but one hit him in the back. According to reporting by the Nogales International, Rodriguez may have been shot while on the ground, or the rapid succession of gunfire may have led to some rounds hitting as Rodriguez fell from the first shot.

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