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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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Former US Marine José Guerena, killed in his Tucson home by the SWAT team

Reports out of Tucson have published a harrowing 911 call, where a woman describes the deadly situation in her home, as her husband, former US Marine José Guerena, lied dying on the ground, the victim of a SWAT raid that killed Guerena in a barrage of 71 gunshots.

As the Arizona Daily Star reports:

Often through tears and sometimes in broken English, Vanessa Guerena, tells 911 operators that her husband had been shot by a “bunch of people” who opened the door of their southwest-side home and “just shoot him.” Meanwhile, dispatchers worked to determine if she was calling from a house where the SWAT team was serving a search warrant, audio released Friday by Drexel Heights Fire Department reveals. It takes about an hour for waiting medics to know what happened, and the man is dead before fire crews are allowed into the home.
Jose Guerena, 26, a former Marine, was sleeping after the graveyard shift at Asarco Mission mine about 9:30 a.m. when his wife woke him saying she heard noises outside and a man was at their window. Guerena told his wife to hide in a closet with their 4-year-old son, his wife has said. He grabbed an AR-15 rifle and moments later was slumped in the kitchen, mortally wounded from a hail of gunfire.
For about five minutes after Guerena was shot, his wife stays on the phone trying to explain what happened and asking for an ambulance.
More than a week later, few details about the investigation that brought the SWAT team to the home Guerena shared with his wife and their two young sons are known. Details of the search warrant have not been made public and deputies would not comment on what was seized from the home.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has provided no details about the investigation that prompted the raid and little information about the moments leading up to 71 gunshots being fired at Guerena, whose gun had the safety on. He was shot 60 times, doctors told the family. Initially the Sheriff’s Department said Guerena fired at officers, but they retracted that this week. Drexel Heights provided audio of the 911 calls after the Star filed a public records request.

The following YouTube video is a recording of the 911 call:

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