Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

November 17, 2023

US Border Patrol were 'laughing, overjoyed' when they murdered Raymond Mattia, Tohono O'odham

The Arizona Republic reports today from the Justice for Raymond Mattia press conference in Tucson.

The Tohono O’odham Nation Police Department officer present for the shooting had harassed Mattia "countless” times before the incident, according to Ophelia Rivas, a longtime friend of Mattia who lived nearby.

After the shooting, Rivas saw 13 to 14 agents picking up bullet casings near where Mattia was shot. Rivas stayed with the Mattia family near where he was killed.

The agents were laughing and carrying on like they had just done a “great deed,” Rivas said. The agents were discussing what angle they should have shot at or did shoot at, Rivas added.

“It was very disturbing to hear that," Rivas said. “They didn't hide the fact that they were really excited and overjoyed to have killed somebody.”

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