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article imageNewly released video fuels more rage over Mexico border shooting

By Laura Trowbridge     Jun 11, 2010 in Politics
A television station aired video footage that it claims shows a US border patrol agent shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy dead earlier this week.
On Monday, the Mexican schoolboy Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka was shot and killed after a US agent opened fire from the El Paso, Texas, side of the Mexico/US border.
Univision, a Spanish language television network in the US, released mobile phone footage apparently showing the US officer firing three shots towards Mexico, then zooming in on what appears to be a body under a bridge.
The border patrol agent arrives on a bicycle, detaining one man and then firing the shots into Mexico territory while observers around the cameraman exclaim: "He shot him, the idiot, he shot him."
One of the witness says: "It's because they are throwing stones," which supports the still unnamed agent's claims that he was assaulted with rocks and was acting in self defence.
Whether Sergio was one of the ones throwing the stones is unclear, nor is it clear whether he or the agent crossed the border at any time.
Since the boy died six meters inside the Mexico border, but the fatal shot seemed to be fired from the US side, which country has jurisdiction is still uncertain.
Mexican president Felipe Calderon said: "We are worried by this surge of violence against Mexicans, which comes along with a surge of other anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican occurrences in the United States."
According to Sky News some Mexican politicians are calling for the extradition of the border agent, claiming Calderon's response to the fatal shooting has been "too timid."
Mexico's public outcry against the US border patrolman has been further intensified by the claims of US officials that Sergio was on a "most wanted" list of juvenile smugglers.
The boy's family claimed he was a good student and are now planning to pursue a murder charge in the US.
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