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03 Jun

Mourners bury young Guatemalan woman killed by U.S. border agent

Mourners bury young Guatemalan woman killed by U.S. border agent

The Mother

SAN JUAN OSTUNCALCO, Guatemala (Reuters) – Hundreds of mourners congregated in a town in Guatemala on Saturday to bid farewell to a young indigenous woman who was shot dead by a border patrol agent in Texas last month.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by Anthony Esposito, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

The McGlynn

We have a Jackass (who calls himself (“president)  and who supports racists and fails to condemn racist groups, when he himself uses racist language and calls people “animals” and other countries “shitholes”, what can we expect?. The far right are emboldened by “their” president, they interpret his rantings as though it is a presidential decree. The American people need to stand up to this madness and bring it to an end before it destroys the entire fabric of the our country.

Remember fascist Germany in the early 1930s.

The McGlynn

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Relatives and friends of Claudia Gomez, a 19-year old Guatemalan immigrant who was shot by a U.S. Border Patrol officer, take part in her funeral procession towards a cemetery in San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

The body of 20 year-old Claudia Gomez was repatriated on Thursday to her home town of San Juan Ostuncalco in western Guatemala.

The body of 20 year-old Claudia Gomez was repatriated on Thursday to her home town of San Juan Ostuncalco in western Guatemala.

Donning traditional clothing and carrying floral wreaths, her bereaved family and a throng of mourners marched under heavy rain for an hour from her parents’ home to the cemetery.

“It is really sad what happened with this girl,” said 40-year old housewife Maria Ventura. “We knew her and she was a good person, that is why we understand the pain and we’re here to support.”

Men carry the casket of Claudia Gomez, a 19-year old Guatemalan immigrant who was shot by a U.S. Border Patrol officer, during her funeral at a cemetery in San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala June 2, 2018. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

Gomez was shot on May 23 in south Texas by an officer who opened fire after several people “rushed him,” the Border Patrol said. In an earlier statement, it had said migrants had attacked the agent with blunt objects, and that Gomez was among the assailants.

“I’d like to know who killed her and have that person right here in front on me,” said Gilberto Gomez, after his daughter’s burial.

Many of the funeral attendees asked for justice and improved treatment of immigrants in the United States. President Donald Trump has said he plans to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and often rails against immigrants who enter the country illegally.

“We feel a great pain and sadness and want justice,” said 38-year old farm worker Mateo Carreto.

Mother of Claudia Gomez (on right)

“We regret that a country that fosters peace commits these heartless acts against a defenseless girl that was just looking for a better future,” said the mayor of Ostuncalco, Juan Alberto Aguilar.

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