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The Ballad of Esequiel Hernandez (Episode #2103)

KQED World: Sun, Sep 11, 2011 -- 10:30 PM

In 1997, US Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs shot and killed Esequiel Hernandez Jr. Mistaken for a drug runner, the 18-year-old was, in fact, a US citizen tending his family's goats with a .22 rifle. He became the first American killed by US military forces on native soil since the 1970 Kent State shootings. Narrated by Tommy Lee Jones, the program explores Hernandez's tragic death and its torturous aftermath. His parents and friends, the Marines on patrol, and investigators discuss the dangers of militarizing the border and the death of one young man.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Sep 12, 2011 -- 4:30 AM
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