Saturday, May 26, 2018

Undocumented Immigrant Claudia Patricia Gómez González Fatally Shot Behind The Head By U.S. Border Patrol Agent In Laredo

González was fatally shot behind the head as he attempted to hide from a U.S. Border Patrol agent at the Rio Bravo in Laredo.

By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.

May 26, 2018

Laredo, Texas - The 20-year-old undocumented female immigrant from San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala that was fatally shot on Wednesday afternoon by a U.S. Border Patrol agent near the Rio Bravo in Webb County about 10 miles South of Laredo has been identified as Claudia Patricia Gómez González. A resident near the crime scene recorded the fatal incident moments after González was killed. According to Marta Martinez from Laredo who posted a Facebook video of the aftermath of the fatal shooting says, she noticed that González was faced down with a bullet wound to the head and bleeding from her left side of the face. Martinez also told news media outlets that she didn't hear the agents call out for the undocumented immigrants to stop or anything that would indicate a warning was given by agents. Martinez did hear and video recorded an agent who detained two unidentified men, you see that's what happens. Apparently, González was shot behind the head as she attempted to avoid apprehension by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The agent involved in González death has not been identified.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says that undocumented immigrants had attacked border agents with a piece of 2×4 lumber, but there is no evidence of the alleged attacked by undocumented immigrants and González. The CBP later changed their preliminary report of the shooting, which now they have eliminated that the undocumented immigrants had used a 2x4 piece of lumber to attack the border agent involved in the González murder. Martinez says, that there was no lumber in the area where González was killed.
The FBI has now taken over the fatal shooting investigation and no autopsy preliminary report has been released to indicate whether González was actually shot behind the head. 
According to González's mother, her daughter left to the U.S. to seek employment because there was no work in her village. Yosimar Morales, González fiancé who resides in Alexandria, Virginia says, that he hadn't seen her for a year and that she was coming to the U.S. to meet up with him and get married. González had recently graduated as an accountant in Guatemala.
González's parents including Morales are mourning the death of Claudia. They are now seeking justice for González.

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