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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Mexican man who died after being shocked by a stun gun during a fight with U.S. Border Patrol agents will be buried in San Diego.

Anastasio Hernandez will be buried Wednesday after a funeral service.

Hernandez, who was 42 years-old, is the second Mexican migrant killed recently by Border Patrol agents.

An agent fatally shot a 15-year-old Mexican boy near El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday.

Mexico has condemned the use of force against both men.

San Diego police said Hernandez attacked the Border Patrol agents after they escorted him out of a van and prepared to return him to Mexico. The agents radioed for help.

Hernandez had wrestled two Border Patrol agents to the ground after his handcuffs were removed, police said.

One agent, apparently from ICE, struck Hernandez with a baton, San Diego police Capt. Jim Collins said. The CBP officer then shocked Hernandez with the stun gun. Hernandez stopped breathing and showed no pulse.

Relatives told the American Friends Service Committee that Hernandez was deported May 25 after being stopped for a traffic violation in San Diego, said Christian Ramirez, national coordinator of the group's Project Voice immigration reform campaign.

He then returned to the U.S. illegally through the rugged mountains east of San Diego with his younger brother, who had also been deported, Ramirez said. They were arrested by the Border Patrol on Friday afternoon.

Hernandez came to the U.S. when he was 14, followed by four brothers, and all of them work construction jobs, Ramirez said. He has mostly lived in the San Diego area with his wife of 21 years and five U.S.-born children.

The San Diego County coroner ruled that the death was a homicide.

The cause of death was determined to be a heart attack, with methamphetamine abuse and hypertension listed as contributing factors.

 

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