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With an official Pima County video now made public, more details about the fatal shooting of US Marine José Guerena from the 60 bullets of a SWAT team are starting to emerging. Below are two videos from The Arizona Daily Star recorded last week depicting the battle of dueling lawyers.

This first video is of attorney Michael Storie, who represents the SWAT officers who were involved in the shooting of Guerena in his own Tucson home.

The second video is of attorney Christopher Scileppi, who is representing Guerena’s family.

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This is the video released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting of Marine José Guerena at his Tucson home. This is the actual video of the incident.

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Vanessa Guarana, widow of slain US Marine José Guerena

A Mexican news report states that the SWAT team that put 60 bullets into the body of slain US Marine José Guerana had mistaken Guerana for a terrorist. This latest event in Pima County only adds more tension to the recent violence and anti-immigrant hate that has enveloped the city of Tucson. The following video, in Spanish, adds details about this tragic occurrence of Guerana, who as a native of Mexico.

Guerana’s widow, Vanessa, also appeared on Tucson’s Channel 9. Here is a transcript of that interview:

Guerena: “I was getting some clothes to change in because I was like waking up. So I opened a little bit like the blinds just a little bit, like in half. So he told me mommy could you turn on the TV so I did. Probably the volume was like a four or five. So he was like hugging me to say good morning, when I saw this guy like point me [makes gun gesture]. So I got scared, and I got like, ‘Please don’t shoot, I have a baby.’ So I got my baby and put my bag into the window. And I yell, ‘Jose, Jose, wake up!” … He woke up like scared, he barely had two hours’ sleep, he was coming from job. When he came out of the room, the only thing he told me, ‘Vanny, go into the closet.”

Guerena: “I wasn’t gonna go, but I did. … I wasn’t even closing the door, when I start listening to those, like, a lot of shots, a bunch of them. When that stops, I left my kid in there… I went out, and I saw lots of men at the window, a bunch of them. They were saying, ‘We’re the SWAT team.”

Guerena: “The last thing I thought I was gonna see was Jose on the floor with all this blood and stuff. And he was just saying, ‘Uh, uh.’ And I couldn’t help him. So I called the 911 to have the ambulance. And they told me they were on their way.”

Waldman: “At any point, did you hear them yell ‘police’ or ‘SWAT?'”

Guerena: “No.”

Waldman: “At any point, did you hear sirens outside?”

Guerena: “No.”

Guerena: “When I went out, five or ten minutes, I don’t know how long, until my kid went outside. When he saw this, when he saw all this police outside, the only thing he asked me, was, ‘Mom, my dad was a bad guy? They killed my dad?'”

Guerena: “By that moment, I was like, they’re gonna take care of him, they’re gonna take him to the hospital. And I was like calm at that point. But after two or three hours they told me, ‘I’m sorry, but your husband passed away.”

Waldman: “Were you able to talk to Jose at all? Was he responding in any way before you left?”

Guerena: “He never talked to me. The last words that he told me were, ‘Vanny, go into the closet. That’s it. If I wouldn’t listen to him, Oh, My God. I would have been killed too… They would have killed me too, and my kid.”

Waldman: “As far as you know, did Jose have anything to do with drugs?”

Guerena: “Oh, no, you can check, they can check, everything… They didn’t get anything at the house. They stole stuff, like my ring, his wallet, stuff like you can’t even imagine, personal stuff.”

Waldman: “What do you want to know?”

Guerena: “Why? Why? Why did they do this to him? Justice. I want justice. I was justice for my kid.”

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