Update: Autopsy Paints Troubling Picture in Border Patrol Shooting

 

 

February 22, 2013

By Murphy Woodhouse, for NACLA

On February 7, authorities released the autopsy report of 16-year-old Nogales, Sonora resident José Antonio Elena Rodriguez. A U.S. Border Patrol agent, firing from the United States last October 10, killed Jose Antonio. The findings of the autopsy paint a troubling picture of that evening’s tragic events.

A small altar marks the spot where José Antonio died. Blood stains were visible for several days after he was killed October 10, 2012.

A small altar marks the spot where José Antonio died. Blood stains were visible for several days after he was killed October 10, 2012.

According to a report on the autopsy, Border Patrol shot the young man between eight and 11 times. All but one of those bullets struck him in the back. Most of the wounds were found to have an upward trajectory, a strange finding given that the Border Patrol agent was firing down into Mexico from the top of a roughly 15-foot cliff. Medical examiners conducted the autopsy the morning after the shooting with the Nogales, Sonora State Attorney General’s office.

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