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Guatemala Mourns Teenager Killed By US Border Agent

IN PICTURES: The city of San Juan Ostuncalco has paid tribute to 19-year-old Claudia Gomez, shot dead by a US Border Patrol agent last week, during her Thursday wake.
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Hundreds of Indigenous residents from the Guatemalan town of San Juan Ostuncalco paid their respects to Gomez, 19.
Hundreds of Indigenous residents from the Guatemalan town of San Juan Ostuncalco paid their respects to Gomez, 19. Photo:EFE
Donned in traditional Mayan attire, Gomez had left for the United States in early March in a bid to improve her standard of living.
Donned in traditional Mayan attire, Gomez had left for the United States in early March in a bid to improve her standard of living. Photo:EFE
"Why did you shoot the girl? You killed her; he killed the girl! There she is, the girl is dead," said Marta Martinez, a witness to the deadly shooting.
"Why did you shoot the girl? You killed her; he killed the girl! There she is, the girl is dead," said Marta Martinez, a witness to the deadly shooting. Photo:EFE
The caravan with the remains of Claudia Patricia Gómez González arrived Thursday in her native San Juan Ostuncalco, in the west of the country, after seven hours of walking from Guatemala City.
The caravan with the remains of Claudia Patricia Gómez González arrived Thursday in her native San Juan Ostuncalco, in the west of the country, after seven hours of walking from Guatemala City. Photo:EFE
The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the agent involved in the shooting was responding to "a report of criminal activity" near a sewer.
The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said the agent involved in the shooting was responding to "a report of criminal activity" near a sewer. Photo:EFE
Lidia Gonzalez cries in front of the coffin of her daughter, Guatemalan migrant Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, during the wake on May 31, 2018.
Lidia Gonzalez cries in front of the coffin of her daughter, Guatemalan migrant Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, during the wake on May 31, 2018. Photo:EFE
A woman throws flowers on Claudia
A woman throws flowers on Claudia's coffin during the wake on May 31, 2018, in the municipality of San Juan Ostuncalco, Quetzaltenango. Photo:EFE
A pillow held by friends of the family embroidered with the words
A pillow held by friends of the family embroidered with the words 'Your town is with you.' Photo:EFE
 Despite heavy rains, residents came out in a mass protest to demand "justice" for Gomez
Despite heavy rains, residents came out in a mass protest to demand "justice" for Gomez's death Photo:EFE
Protests have erupted outside Washington D.C.
Protests have erupted outside Washington D.C.'s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and in Manhattan, New York, to demand justic. Photo:EFE
Published 1 June 2018
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