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Mothers of teens killed in BP shootings join in protest

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Posted: Saturday, October 20, 2012 3:30 pm | Updated: 10:08 am, Tue Oct 23, 2012.

The mothers of two teenagers who were killed by cross-border gunfire from U.S. Border Patrol agents held a press conference in Nogales, Sonora on Saturday to ask for justice.

They gathered with supporters and relatives at the site where 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was killed on Oct. 10 near the border fence on the west wide of town.

"If you have children, you should know what this is like," said Araceli Rodriguez, mother of the teenager who was shot last week.

"Put yourself in my place. A child is what you most love in life, it's what you get up in the morning for, what you work for. They took away a piece of my heart."

Rodriguez was joined by Zelma Berenice Barron, mother of 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres, who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent on the east side of town on Jan. 5, 2011.

In both cases, the teens were shot in response to alleged rock-throwing as agents tried to thwart drug-smuggling attempts. The U.S. Attorney's Office has refused to release any information on the investigation into the Barron Torres shooting. The FBI is currently investigating the Elena Rodriguez case.

See Tuesday's edition for a full story