During my visits to Ali Jegk as a news reporter ten years ago, I interviewed Raymond Mattia, who was killed by U.S. Border Patrol on Thursday night. Raymond told me that he had evidence that U.S. Border Patrol agents in the area were working with the cartels and were involved in drug running. Mattia had video evidence that disappeared after he made an official report. Mattia's home is a short distance from the border. -- Brenda Norrell, Censored News
ALI JEGK, Tohono O'odham Nation -- U.S. Border Patrol agents shot Raymond Mattia, a traditional Tohono O'odham ceremonial person, standing in the doorway of his home 38 times on Thursday night.
Ophelia Rivas a lifelong family friend said "Raymond was a law-abiding citizen, he was not an aggressive kind of man, he was not violent."
"He was an artist, a ceremony person, a traditional hunter, he's a traditional singer. He was always kind to his family and taking care of them however he could."
Ophelia along with the others in the community is angry.
"I have dealt with Border Patrol aggression and unmonitored behavior out here on Tohono O'odham land without any regard to the respect and to the land and to the people," Ophelia told KVOA news.
Mattia was a father, a brother, a friend, a ceremony person, and an elected community council member in Ali Jegk, located near Menegers Dam, on the western side of the Tohono O'odham Nation, in Arizona.
The Tohono O'odham Nation released a statement today.
"The Tohono O’odham Police Department (TOPD) and the FBI are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in the Meneger’s Dam community of the Tohono O’odham Nation the night of Thursday, May 18, 2023. Nation member Raymond Mattia lost his life in the incident. Our hearts go out to his family and all those impacted during this difficult time," Chairman Ned Norris said.
We send our condolences to Mattia's family and friends, Brenda Norrell, Censored News
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