CHULA VISTA – Residents of this border city are demanding answers following the killing of a 32-year-old mother of five by a Border Protection agent recently that they believe was unjustified.
Valeria “Munique” Tachiquin was shot in the middle of the street in a residential area about 1 p.m. Sept. 28. The car Tachiquin was driving was bullet-ridden after the shooting.
A U.S. Customs and Border Official claims that police were serving a felony warrant when Tachiquin tried to run over an agent, news reports state. And that he was carried several hundred yards on the hood of the car before he fired his gun.
Witness accounts of the incident differ. One witness told CBS News that the agent was seen walking toward a car that had stopped in the middle of the street when he began firing his gun.
Taichiquin husband Gilbert Alvarado is enraged about what happened.
"My wife got killed for no reason," Alvarado said Friday night. "Show me that my wife had a gun or something that threatened the guy's life where he had to use lethal force against her."
Alvarado is the 15th person killed by border agents in the last two years, according to the Southern Borders Communities Coalition (SBCC).
Christian Ramirez, director of SBCC, said the organization, which has worked with Rights Working Group, said it is working for justice in this case and demands a thorough, transparent investigation.
“The Border Patrol continues to be an out of control agency that operates above the law,” said Christian Ramirez. “We need to continue to put pressure on Customs and Border Protection to call for transparency, accountability and justice.
A candelight vigil was held in memory of Tachiquin on Monday.
Photo of Munique Tachiquin's car is courtesy of Southern Borders Communities Coalition.