Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez traveled 1,500 miles to the United States, hoping to find a job and a better future. Shortly after she set foot in Texas, a Border Patrol agent shot and killed her.
Gomez Gonzalez’s shooting Wednesday drew international attention after a bystander posted video of the aftermath on Facebook Live, showing her lying on the ground, bleeding.
Authorities changed their initial account of the shooting two days later, adding to the controversy at a time when the White House has cracked down on undocumented immigrants.
The deadly encounter ended the journey Gomez Gonzalez started nearly three weeks ago in an indigenous community in San Juan Ostuncalco, Guatemala.
Gomez Gonzalez earned a degree in accounting two years ago but had not been able to find a job.
“She looked, looked and nothing,” said her father, Gilberto Gomez. “I believe that’s the reason why she decided to pursue the ‘American dream.’ “
The lack of job opportunities frustrated her, and she decided to leave home and head to the United States to find work. She was following in the footsteps of her boyfriend, who made the same journey about a year earlier.
The 20-year-old had been traveling for more than two weeks with other migrants when they encountered a Border Patrol agent in a residential area of Rio Bravo, Texas, about a mile from the Mexican border and 170 miles south of San Antonio.
The agent — a 15-year veteran — fired one round from his service-issued firearm, fatally wounding Gomez Gonzalez, US Customs and Border Protection said. The agent, who has not been identified, remains on administrative leave.
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