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Dominic Bracco ll November 24, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico 2010

Dominic Bracco ll (b. 1986, Texas USA) specializes in documenting the effects of Mexican and North American policies on the border region where he was raised. He has degrees in journalism and Spanish literature from The University of Texas at Arlington. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, where he was selected for a six-month internship in 2008, and The Wall Street Journal. He is also founding member of the collective Prime. He pays rent in a coastal Mexican village, but often finds himself in other countries.

About the Photograph:

“I shot this image at the funeral of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca, who was killed on June 7th by a Border Patrol agent in Ciudad Juarez on June 10, 2010. According to eyewitnesses the shooting occurred after Guereca helped guide several other teenagers into the United States when they were spotted and retreated back to Mexico. One of their group was detained by the U.S. Border Patrol and at least one of the boys threw a rock from the Mexican border into the United States toward the Border Patrol agent upon which he returned fire at the group, firing several rounds, and hitting Guereca in the head. The killing sparked much controversy over the use of force across international borders and sat uneasy in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico where over 1,000 killings have happened as a result of the insecurity caused by the war on drugs. There are still many questions unanswered about what exactly happened on June 7th near the international bridge as there are conflicting reports from the agent and eye witnesses.”