U.S. Border Patrol Must Be Held Accountable
The family of Claudia Patrícia Gómez González, the woman executed by Border Patrol last week, is demanding justice for the 20-year-old indigenous Guatemalan woman.
In a Facebook Live video that has since gone viral, a woman can be heard yelling at Border Patrol agents who had just shot another woman in the head, killing her instantly.
The victim has since been identified as indigenous Guatemalan citizen Claudia Patrícia Gómez González.
The incident took place in Rio Bravo, Texas, just a few miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
Initially, Border Patrol claimed that the agent who shot Gómez González was attacked by the group of immigrants she was traveling with, and that they attacked the agent with “blunt objects.”
On Friday, just two days after Gómez González’s death, Border Patrol released a new version of the incident which omits any mention of weapons of any kind.
Gómez González began her journey in the indigenous community of San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala, in search of work in the U.S. three weeks prior to her death.
She was following her boyfriend, who made the journey a year earlier.
“I want justice. Why did they do this to her? They should have just sent her back home.” — Lidia González
The Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the immediate repatriation of Gómez González’s body to her home country for burial and has condemned the actions taken by the Border Patrol agent in question.
“Guatemala condemns violent acts and any other use of excessive force by the Border Patrol. We urge authorities to respect the rights of our citizens, especially their right to live, regardless of their immigration status.”
At least two other fatal shootings by Border Patrol agents have been reported since the beginning of 2017, and at least seven people have died in car accidents while attempting to evade border agents in the same time.
To read Iron Triangle Press’ original coverage of the incident, click here.