Two border patrol shootings, two families still seek answers

Two border patrol shootings, two families still seek answers

CREATED Apr 4, 2011

Reporter: Joel Waldman
Web Producer: Layla Tang

NOGALES, Sonora (KGUN9-TV) - When 19-year-old Carlos Lamadrid died two weeks ago at the hands of Border Patrol, it marked the second time this year a teen has been killed at the border by agents.  The first incident happened in January, when 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres was fatally shot while trying to jump the border fence.  Now, his family is still waiting for answers as to what happened and why.

Just across the border in Mexico, Ramses Barron Torres' mother, Selma, and stepfather, Armando Galindo, wondered if things could get any worse. Nearly three months after their son was shot to death, they still haven't gotten the answers they so desperately want.

"They have got to do something. They didn't kill a dog. I mean, that's a person like me and you, man, a human being," Galindo said.

Their 17-year-old son Ramses was shot and killed by Border Patrol in early January while trying to hop back across the fence to Mexico. Since the shooting the family told KGUN9 News authorities on both sides of the fence have kept quiet,

"Have you ever received a report from the Mexican police about what happened that day?" KGUN9 reporter Joel Waldman asked.

"Nothing," said Galindo.

"I've been feeling really bad about all these things and I am kind of getting sick and get well and then getting sick again because they've done nothing," said Torres' mother, Selma.

The FBI did say they were trying to catch suspected drug smugglers around the same time as the shooting.  Ramses' family said their son was just visiting his girlfriend, and that he was not carrying drugs.

"As far as you know, Ramses was not involved in drugs in any way?" Waldman asked.

"Nothing, nothing!" Galindo insisted.

In late March, an oddly familiar story found its way back into the headlines when 19-year-old Carlos Lamadrid was fatally shot by Border Patrol agents.  Cochise County authorities said Lamadrid was shot four times, three in the back while trying to climb into Mexico.  And, while officials confirm Lamadrid's truck had nearly 50 pounds of pot in it, his family insisted it's still no reason to kill someone. And Torres' parents agree.

"What do you think about the fact that just about three months later another 19-year-old kid gets shot in the back?" Waldman asked.

"That's because they don't do nothing, there's no justice. It's just like killing a dog, or animals or something," concluded Galindo.