Photo essay: One-year Anniversary of the Death of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez

On October 10, a binational march took place along the U.S.-Mexico boundary in Ambos Nogales to commemorate the murder of José Antonio Elena Rodríguez by the U.S. Border Patrol one year ago.

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José Antonio Elena Rodríguez has been dead for a year, but a binational march along both sides of the Mexico-U.S. boundary marking the anniversary made it clear that he is far from forgotten. On Friday, October 10, nearly 100 people in Nogales, Sonora and over 100 people in Nogales, Arizona chanted, sang and marched past the site in Mexico where the 16-year-old was shot and killed by at least one Border Patrol agent. The march then continued to a point along the border wall where people on both sides of the international divide shared memories of the tragedy and words of encouragement for the hard work ahead in the fight for justice for the young man and his family.

For a more detailed explanation of the case, click here. All photos by Murphy Woodhouse.

2027Friends and family of José Antonio march north toward the border wall and the site where the 16-year-old was shot and killed.

2028José Antonio's brother Diego carries his son-in-law Román during the anniversary march.

2030 Protesters carrying a painting of José Antonio a block south of the border wall.

2031Protesters walking west along border wall on Calle Internacional, just a block from where José Antonio was shot.

2032A protester marching in solidarity on the US side reaches an image of José Antonio through the border wall.

2033A person on the US side holds a candle to José Antonio's image while another places a sticker with his likeness on the wall.

2034A cross marks the spot on Calle Internacional where José Antonio died.

2035Before the march, activists pasted posters of José Antonio along the border wall. The message reads, "Justice for José Antonio."


Murphy Woodhouse is an MA student at the University of Arizona's Center for Latin American Studies. His research interests include migration, deportation, U.S. immigration enforcement, and the Mexican drug war.

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