Pima County Sheriff’s Office Identifies Second Victim in Border Crossing Double Homicide

The Pima County Sheriff's office released the following public bulletin today, identifying the second victim, 40-year-old Juan Baltazar López of Guatemala, of an April 8 double homicide near the US-Mexico border. López and 39-year-old Gerardo Pérez-Ruiz of Mexico were killed by "an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles."

Here is today's statement:

On April 8, 2012, at approximately 10:35 p.m., agents from the Casa Grande Border Patrol Station, Eloy Police Department, and Coolidge Police Department responded to the Eagle Ranch located at the south end of South Night Sky Street, south of West Antares Drive, in Eloy, Arizona. The response was in reference to shots being fired at an illegal alien smuggling load. 

Upon arrival, the law enforcement agencies found one deceased person in the bed of a pickup truck and a second deceased subject in a wash northeast of the pickup truck. Several border crossers were located hiding in the brush nearby. It was determined that the incident had occurred in the Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction.

Homicide detectives discovered that approximately 20-30 border crossers were traveling in a pickup truck in a wash that is commonly used for human smuggling. They were ambushed by an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles. Shots were fired at the pickup truck at which time two adult males were fatally struck.

One of the victims is identified as Gerardo Perez-Ruiz (DOB 11/02/72). Mr. Perez-Ruiz was a Mexican National from San Jose Del Rincon in Toluca, Mexico. The second victim is identified as Juan Baltazar Lopez (DOB 11/30/71). Mr. Baltazar Lopez was from Guatemala.

The investigation continues.

Troop 11 Assistant Scoutmaster Addresses Milwaukee Troop’s Unauthorized “Border Crossing” Patch

Tonight the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 11 in Milwaukee, Ryan Antczak, responded to our questions regarding an unauthorized Boy Scout patch depicting the iconic "immigrants fleeing" road sign image, which to has become a symbol of anti-immigrant scorn and hatred for many US Latinos.

First, Antczak was wanted to let us know that he does not condone the tweets were had gotten from @troop11eagle, who had asked if we were pedophiles and said other disparaging remarks. The Twitter account has since apologized for that remark by tweeting the following: "i am sorry for what i have said. im not a spokesperson for troop11. my emoisions got the better of me." We accept that apology. Antczak also said that he did not condone the email we got from a Troop 11 member who had told us to "go to hell" for running the story about the Boy Scouts of America statement. "I let them know to stop it on your website," Antczak told us.

Here is the email interview we had with Antczak:

LR: What is this patch used for? 

Antczak: The patch is used to show what patrol [the scouts] are in. 

LR: Who chose the iconic image of the family crossing the border?

Antczak: I wouldn't call it iconic. Its a street sign warning motorists of the possibility of people (illegal immigrants) running in front of cars.Its a street sign that goes 1,000 miles from California to Texas. The boys in the troop in 2002 chose this image. A patrol of half Mexicans. Throughout the years this [patch] has stood.Technically at anytime the name and image can be changed if brought up and won with a majority rule and the leadership's approval.

LR: Are you aware that this image can be seen as problematic and racist to some fellow Americans?

Antczak: No, I'm not aware this image of a street sign being "problematic" or "racist" to anyone. Please feel free to explain in detail so I know. [ED NOTE: We sent Antczak an original link from a San Diego article that depicted how this image became iconic and was supported by those who favored anti-immigration movements and seen by those who say the sign as a symbol of hate.]

LR: Why did the image get chosen?

Antczak: The image was chosen by mostly Latinos because they liked it. They chose it protest the image that Latinos support the very few that come into this country illegally. They didn't want to be associated with that. Everything has to change according to the Three Harbors Council here in Milwaukee immediately. Because of this one parent, it has to change or we will be wiped out. They will wipe the only active Boy Scout Troop in the Latino community. It's only 1 of 5 troops in America that's over 100 years old amongst tens of thousands of troops. Would we be open to changing the image? Yes. 

LR: What will the troop be doing to fix the patch to ensure that it meets the approval of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA)?

AntczakBSA doesn't have a rule in regards to a standard with patrol names or images. They encourage creativity. BSA does have 15-20 versions of animal patrols and they have a blank patch to have the boys be creative in coming up with their own. Or you can come up with your own size patch. The patch/image has been on our sleeves for 10 years. All of us live on the Latino community and have shown it proudly everywhere we go. All we get is support. It shows that all of the Scouts and their families have supported this image and name for 10 years in the heart of the Latino community. The leadership in the Three Harbors Council has known for years about this patch. NOTHING HAS EVER BEEN SAID TO ME OR MY ASSISTANTS ABOUT THIS BEING "PROBLEMATIC"or "RACIST."

Leaving Canada; Back in the USA

¡Por fin esta al salvo nuestro hermano rebelde, Julito! After two days undercover behind enemy lines, nuestro hermano & rebelde investigative reporter Julito is once again on anti-Latino, American soil! Whew! ¡Vaya aventura! He expected to be tempted by the enemy with their SUPERIOR SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE and HOCKEY PLAYING WAYS…

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…And he was but some of the temptations he faced while performing essential reconnaissance ahead of the primordial work & effort that will be required to build the Northern Border Wall which will protect us from the Northern invaders have been, well, incredibly cruel and even cunning. Here… See for yourselves:

We were fortunate to obtain camera footage of the tense, grueling and at times hard to watch scenes of his emotional return to the divisive & racist homeland that he loves. You may want to usher small children out of the room before viewing the following two video clips:

Grab a box of tissues for this tearful moment when he reenters el parque de atracciones that is: “Gringo-landia!” Welcome home hermano! jejeje