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    Family of Guatemalan woman killed in US demand not to be treated like animals

    25 de mayo de 2018

    Guatemala City, May 25 (efe-epa).- Family members of a young Guatemalan woman who was fatally shot on Wednesday by a US Border Patrol agent demanded that the US government stop treating migrants like animals.

    "This is not the first person they have killed. They have treated them (migrants) like animals and that is not right. I urge authorities and institutions to act responsibly and condemn the US government so that they stop treating us like animals," the dead woman's aunt said Friday during a press conference in Guatemala City.

    Dominga Vicente said that her niece Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez had travelled to the US nearly 20 days ago "to meet her personal and her family's needs," leaving her parents and two siblings, ages 5 and 8, behind.

    Dominga urged the Guatemalan government to provide help and support to Claudia's family, adding that her niece was a "ward-working" woman who had fought all her life to create a future for herself, having studied to become an accountant.

    The family are waiting for Claudia's body to be repatriated, although they are unsure when that will take place.

    Pedro Mendez, a Guatemalan congressman, said that Claudia's family was poor and that the young woman had gone to the United States to find a better future.

    He said that the Guatemalan Congress would do everything it could to make sure those responsible for Claudia's death do not go unpunished.

    The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon near Laredo, Texas, after a US Border Patrol agent was allegedly attacked while attempting to apprehend a group of undocumented immigrants.

    The agent fired at least one round, killing Gomez Gonzalez, and arrested three other migrants.