So an anonymous source comes forward five years later to say the real villain is the Mexican teenager who was shot ten times in the back by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz.

The unnamed "witness" claims Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was a drug smuggler, threw rocks, and even climbed the border fence. Thanks Daily Star for passing along this vital information no one else but this mysterious source is privy to.

Swartz cites rock throwing to justify his reckless actions, but the Nogales police who arrived first on the scene didn't feel threatened and start wildly firing their weapons.

Swartz's lawyer Sean Chapman claims the area by the border fence where Elena Rodriguez died "is used exclusively by drug smugglers." Well I go right by there frequently, including late at night, when I visit Nogales, Sonora. That makes me a drug smuggler too.

Richard Boren

Mount Lemmon

Disclaimer: As submitted to the Arizona Daily Star.


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