Last Wednesday, a US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agent fatally shot Claudia Patricia Gómez González, an indigenous woman who trekked from her homeland, Guatemala, to the U.S. to seek better opportunities for her and her family, in a violent incident that has many outraged. Among them: Magia Morena, who started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the late woman’s funeral expenses.
“After hearing about this terrible murder, I contacted the family and got in touch with her cousin. He advised me that the family is in process of getting her daughter back to the motherland and they would appreciate any help with covering funeral costs. Anything that you can help with will be much appreciated,” Morena wrote on the page.
González, who graduated in 2016 and hoped to pursue a career in accounting in the U.S., where her boyfriend lives, was walking with a group of undocumented immigrants when the agent spotted them. The officer, who has not been named, was allegedly responding to a “report of illegal activity.” According to original reports, the agent “came under attack by multiple subjects using blunt objects,” with González described as an assailant. However, that message was tweaked, with new reports saying that she was one of many who refused to listen to the officer’s requests to get on the ground and rushed him.
Marta Martinez, a witness who lives closeby and recorded the aftermath of the incident, has refuted both claims, saying she did not see any member of the group holding weapons and questioning the agent’s use of force.
“The girl was in the grass and trees; to me, she was hiding,” she said. “They’re saying they threw rocks at the agents, but the two migrants were scared and the one guy was scared – they didn’t have rocks in their hands.”
In three days, the campaign has exceeded its goal of $5,000 by raising $7,114 at the time of writing.