Vigil to Mark Two Years since His Murder
On October 10, 2012, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was gunned down by a Border Patrol agent as he walked along a sidewalk near the border fence in Nogales, Sonora.
His murderer stood behind the border fence, with the barrel of his pistol between two of its iron bars, as he pumped more than 10 bullets into the young man’s body.
The Border Patrol refused to comment regarding the incident, and the FBI was later placed in charge of the investigation. They also refused to comment.
After two years the case remains in limbo. However after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) became involved a team of federal investigators finally visited the scene two months ago, a judge ruled that the agent can be held legally responsible for his actions and it appears that a trial will be forthcoming.
On Friday, October 10, 2014, a vigil and march for Jose Antonio will be held on both sides of the border.
In Nogales, Arizona:
Marchers will begin to congregate at the small park on the corner of Crawford Street and Grand Avenue (across from the Wells Fargo Bank) at 4:30, where the Mexicoyotl Aztec dancers will perform. The group will walk from there to the border wall, to converge in the same location as the protesters in Nogales, Sonora.
In Nogales, Sonora:
A 4:00 p.m. mass will be celebrated in his memory at the Paroquia de la Purissima Concepción, the rustic church located two blocks south of the border.
Following the services, marchers will go from the church to the location of the murder, and will meet with marchers on the Arizona side of the fence for a vigil.
After the reunion, Arte Cinema Club will show films outdoors next to the border fence.