Family of Woman Killed in Border Patrol Shooting Calls for Answers

The father of the woman shot said his daughter wouldn't hurt anybody.

The family of a mother of five fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last week in a South Bay neighborhood called on the federal agency Monday to provide a full explanation and justification for the lethal use of force.

"I want to know why," Valentin Tachiquin said about the death of his 32-year-old daughter, Valeria. "What caused the Border Patrol agent to shoot (her) multiple times? My family wants answers, and we are seeking justice."

During a late-morning news conference in North Park, the grieving father described his family as shocked and confused by the violent death of the woman, who was shot after she allegedly used a car to ram the plainclothes agent on Moss Street in Chula Vista early Friday afternoon.

'My daughter is -- or was -- a loving wife, loving daughter, a lovable mother who ... really cared for her kids, and (a) ... very happy person," he said in a halting voice. "She ... wouldn't hurt anybody."

Tachiquin characterized his daughter as an innocent victim.

"It could have been your sister," he told reporters. "It could have been your mother. ... It could have been anybody. What are we going to do about that?"

He said no one from the Border Patrol has contacted him about the deadly shooting.

Pedro Rios, director of the American Friends Service Committee U.S.- Mexico Border Program, accused the federal agency of showing "a troubling and growing pattern of abuse and excessive use of force."

"Our community demands to know what led to such a brutal act by that plainclothes agent," Rios said.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawman, whose name has not been released, was in the residential neighborhood just east of Interstate 5 with other undercover personnel when a dark-green Honda Accord struck him about 1 p.m., according to police and federal officials.

"The agent ... was hit by the vehicle and carried several hundred yards on the hood before, fearing for his life, (he) did discharge his weapon to get the vehicle to stop," Border Patrol Deputy Chief Rodney Scott told reporters earlier.

Area residents described hearing six to eight shots ring out. The woman, a U.S. citizen who lived in the Southcrest area of San Diego, died at the scene.

She was not the subject of the warrant the Border Patrol personnel were trying to serve, Scott said.

The agent was treated at a hospital for minor injuries, officials said.

The Chula Vista Police Department was investigating the case in conjunction with the Border Patrol and U.S. Inspector General's Office, CVPD Lt. Lon Turner said.

The Tachiquin family planned to hold a candlelight vigil this evening near the site of the shooting.

-City News Service

alexpinca October 02, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I think it helps to remind the people in charge that their investigation is being watch by many individuals and groups. Excessive force issues NEED A LOT OF SUNLIGHT.
basedonfacts October 02, 2012 at 04:49 PM
I think the family and the public outcry should stop playing the "the loving mother if five"card. Since when do we correlate a real loving mother of five who works hard and is concerned with setting a good example for her children with a mother of five who is present and/or involved or associated with the inhabitants of a drop(drug) house??? You can't connect the two. The husband's outcry is B.S., as well. What kind of man is he to allow his wife to be involved with this kind of criminal activity??? It's simple. He is most likely involved as well. Then he's saying on national television that someone needs to be shot. He should be arrested for threatening someone and displaying premeditation. The only lives affected here are their children. That is who people should be concerned about. The oarents made their choice and wanted to make that fast money ( play "The Game," so to speak). It's all fun and games until someone gets killed. Now they don't like the results. Moral of the story: don't play the game, especially when you have children!!!
Allan Spotts October 03, 2012 at 01:25 AM
EXCESSIVE FORCE???? Perhaps YOU have more information than the rest of us readers. Perhaps SOME PEOPLE should learn to obey comands given by law enforcement people.
alexpinca October 03, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Allan...I don't know if you're just another smart ass or what...the investigation is based on THE POTENTIAL OF EXCESSIVE FORCE...we all know that hasn't been established yet.
alexpinca October 03, 2012 at 03:17 AM
You created you own little world of facts didn't you...you have no idea if there is any truth to 90% of the crap you threw up on the wall. You have such a vivid imagination, maybe you should be in fictioin writing. Wow, we seem to have more than our fair share of jack boot fascists on this site. I'm not going to support railroading the officer but he does have some questions to answer as do some of his compatriots...those people try to fall in line until the truth starts to come out and then they run for cover.


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