Border remembers U.S. teen-goatherd slayed by Marines in S. Texas
Arizona border communities will gather today in Douglas, Nogales and San Luis to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the death of Esequiel Hernandez, a 17-year-old US citizen shot and killed by Marines on the border in Redford, TX while herding goats on his family's farm. Since Esequiel’s death, several people, including seven men just in the last year, have either lost their lives or been critically injured as a result of border-militarizing policies. The Arizona services will also commemorate three of these recent tragic murders at the hands of U.S. officials:
Carlos LaMadrid, a 19-year-old US citizen who was shot and killed on the border in Douglas in March;
Ramses Barron Torres, a 17-year-old Mexican citizen killed in Nogales in January, and
Jose Gutierrez, a Los Angeles resident who was tased into a coma by border agents in San Luis in March.
“Border agents have acted as both judge and executioner in cases like Carlos’ and Ramses’ without any significant consequence,” says Jennifer Allen of the Border Action Network. “We call on the federal border authorities to not only re-evaluate use of force practices and policies, but to launch thorough investigations into each injury or loss of life to ensure that justice is served.”
The incident which claimed the life of the innocent goatherder was the subject of a documentary movie which aired in 2008. The trailer below, presents a quick look at two points of view about the incident: