Deported immigrant killed in Mexico after wife warned judge that would happen
An undocumented immigrant deported by the U.S. was killed in Mexico three months after his wife begged a judge to let him stay in the United States for fear that he would be killed.
“I knew,” Juan Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife told the American-Statesman. “I knew that if he came back here, they were going to kill him, and look, that’s what happened. That’s what happened.”
Coronilla-Guerrero was living in Austin, Texas with his wife and one of their kids when he was arrested by ICE inside the Travis County Courthouse on March 3 while awaiting a hearing for charges of domestic violence and marijuana possession. His wife claims he never hit her.
Coronilla-Guerrero was eventually deported, despite his wife’s fears, and on September 12 he was shot and killed. The wife believes he was murdered by the very people they had fled from in the first place.
From the American-Statesman:
In the middle of the night on Sept. 12, Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife says four armed men barged into a house owned by her family in San Luis de la Paz. She had stayed behind in Austin with one of their children and was not at the home on the night of her husband’s death.
The intruders pointed a gun at her mother while they scoured the house, until they found Coronilla-Guerrero asleep in bed with their son, his wife said. They ripped the father from the bed and held a pistol to his head, she said.
Coronilla-Guerrero told his son, “‘Don’t worry, my love. Don’t worry,’” his wife said.
The next morning, Coronilla-Guerrero’s body was found about 40 minutes away from their home.
Coronilla-Guerrero had been deported once before back in 2008, but managed to re-enter the country.
“Yes, he made mistakes in the past, but he had a family,” Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife said. “It wasn’t fair because he had changed. Because all people change, and he had changed for the better.”
Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife was also undocumented. She returned to Mexico for her husband’s funeral and plans on staying there now.
[American-Statesman | Photo: Getty]