U.S. Border Patrol Fatally Shoots Mexican Teen, Incites Anger, Calls for Investigation

Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka (AP Photo)
Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka (AP Photo)

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (CBS/AP) Mexicans are outraged after a U.S. Border Patrol agent shot and killed a 15-year-old who was believed to be throwing big stones at agents, as they tried to detain illegal immigrants.

Mexican authorities are asking for an investigation into the shooting death of the teenager, which is the second death of a Mexican citizen at the hands of American border patrol agents in two weeks.

On Tuesday, U.S. authorities said that the Border Patrol agent was defending himself and his fellow agents when he fatally shot Sergio Adrian Hernandez Huereka in the head.

Although the agent was believed to be on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, the young boy's body was found on the Mexican side of the river.

According to Border Patrol Special Operations Supervisor Ramiro Cordero, the U.S. officers were on bicycle patrol and "were assaulted with rocks by an unknown number of people" potentially attempting to cross the Mexican border into the United States.

"During the assault at least one agent discharged his firearm," he said. "The agent is currently on administrative leave. A thorough, multi-agency investigation is currently ongoing."

Family and friends came together late Tuesday to mourn the loss of Sergio Huereka.

Sergio's mother told RTV that the Border Patrol agent crushed her son's hopes and dreams, along with her own spirit.

"My son had many hopes, many dreams to move ahead. He used to tell me 'mama, I want to study, I want to be a policeman, I want to be a soldier' and they didn't let him realize his dreams and they killed him."