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