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Mexico official: Teen was fatally shot at border fence

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Friends of Ramses Barron hug outside his home while mourning his death in Nogales Jan. 6. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico on Wednesday that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Barron who was trying to illegally scale the border fence, Mexican police said.

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A woman with a dog walks near the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Nogales Jan. 6. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico on Wednesday that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy, Ramses Barron, who was trying to illegally scale the border fence, Mexican police said.

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A man holds a jacket belonging to Ramses Barron as a local journalist films it on a street in Nogales, Jan. 6.

Alonso Castillo / Reuters

A U.S border patrol vehicle is seen from Nogales, Mexico, as it is parked near the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico, in the sister city of the same name in Arizona Jan. 6. A U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico on Wednesday that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy, Ramses Barron, who was trying to illegally scale the border fence, Mexican police said. The graffiti on the wall reads the name of the street The graffiti on the wall reads the name of the street "Street of the King" where Barron was shot.

The AP reports:

Mexico's ambassador to the United States says it appears a teenager who threw rocks at Border Patrol agents in the Arizona city of Nogales died from a gunshot wound.

The death of 17-year-old Ramses Barron Torres has been in dispute since a Mexican official said the teen died Wednesday after he fell from a border fence and hit his head on a rock.

But state police in Sonora, across the border from Arizona, said companions of the Barron Torres claim he was shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent after the youths had illegally crossed the border.