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Vigil held for teen in Nogales killed by Border Patrol

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NOGALES, Ariz. – A vigil was held for a Mexican teenager shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2012.

About 100 people gathered at a cross dedicated to Elena Rodriguez, Tuesday night.

Among them was Richard Boren, a volunteer with the Border Patrol Victims Network.

“The worst injustice of all in these cases is the lack of accountability,” he said. “They're allowed to get away with these crimes.”

Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, was killed when Border Patrol Agent, Lonnie Swartz, shot across the border fence.

Elena Rodriguez was near the fence in Nogales, Sonora, when Swartz shot him from the Arizona side.The Border Patrol has said Swartz was being attacked by rock-throwers, a potentially deadly situation. Elena Rodriguez's family denies he was involved.

News4Tucson reached out to the local Border Patrol Union for comment Tuesday night, but did not get a response.

In a 2015 interview, the local Border Patrol Union President said agents are always investigated by the FBI and local law enforcement. He said he hoped it was not “just a witch hunt”.

Swartz’s trial is scheduled for March 2018.

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