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Mexico Protests Fatal Shooting on US Border


Mexico is condemning the shooting death of a young Mexican man by a U.S. Border Patrol agent as he tried to sneak into California last week.

A Border Patrol spokesman says the man was shot after he began throwing rocks at the agent. The shooting occurred after a small group of men, including the shooting victim, crossed a border fence into U.S. territory.

Mexican authorities say 18-year-old Guillermo Martinez fled back into Mexico and died the next day in a Tijuana hospital.

A spokesman for President Vicente Fox said the shooting proves that a law guaranteeing Mexicans legal entry to the United States is the only way to resolve the issue.

U.S. lawmakers recently ordered construction of security fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border to curb illegal border-crossing, another move that Mexican authorities protested.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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