Apr 11, 2013 1:46 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Supporters of slain teen march at U.S.- Mexico border

NOGALES - Twin protests were held in Nogales on both sides of the border.

Wednesday night, a call for action six months after federal agents shot and killed 16-year-old Jose Rodriguez in Mexico.

Agents responding to a drug smuggling call claim Rodriguez was part of a group throwing rocks at them.

The Border Patrol is still mum on the investigation which is being handled by the FBI.

Wednesday, loved ones, community members, even those who never met Jose Rodriguez marched in his honor, on both sides of the border.

They held homemade banners reading 'justice for Jose" and 'hold Border Patrol accountable'.

Family members and supporters say they want more transparency from U.S. officials about the case.

"We're just out here to support, we know they need the support because the same this happened to my nephew," said Reyna Guerrero, the aunt of 19-year old Carlos LaMadrid, who was killed by a U.S Border Patrol agent near Douglas. He was unarmed and reportedly transporting marijuana.

"He was shot four times in the back by a Border Patrol agent two years ago," said Guerrero of LaMadrid's shooting. "So that's why we're out here to support them."

Angela Meixell traveled from Tumacacori.

"As a mother of sons I decided that the mother deserves answers. She'll never get her son back. But if it were me, I'd need to know more than she's been told," said Meixell.

We reached out to Customs and Border Protection for comment. In a written statement, they tell News 4, "CBP has no additional information available regarding this incident and is fully cooperating with the FBI investigation".

Those mourning for Jose, hope justice is served.

"Maybe it's not going to completely heal their pain, but maybe it will make them feel better," said Guerrero. "That something is going to come out, and the justice they're asking for, is finally going to happen."

A coalition of organizations from Arizona and Mexico helped put together the march, complete with carpools to and from Tucson.


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