Mexican Troops Kill US Man Outside Acapulco

This undated image released by his family on Dec. 17, 2010 is the last image sent home by Joseph Proctor before he was killed by Mexican army soldiers on Aug. 22, 2010. Three soldiers have been charged with killing Proctor. Two have been charged with planting an assault rifle in his hands and claiming falsely that he fired first, according to a Mexican Defense Department document sent to his mother, Donna Proctor.
(AP Photo)

Three Mexican soldiers were accused of killing a US man recently outside Acapulco.
The AP reported:

Joseph Proctor told his girlfriend he was popping out to the convenience store in the quiet Mexican beach town where the couple had just moved, intending to start a new life.

The next morning, the 32-year-old New York native was dead inside his crashed van on a road outside Acapulco. He had multiple bullet wounds. An AR-15 rifle lay in his hands.

His distraught girlfriend, Liliana Gil Vargas, was summoned to police headquarters, where she was told Proctor had died in a gunbattle with an army patrol. They claimed Proctor — whose green van had a for-sale sign and his cell phone number spray-painted on the windows — had attacked the troops. They showed her the gun.

His mother, Donna Proctor, devastated and incredulous, has been fighting through Mexico’s secretive military justice system ever since to learn what really happened on the night of Aug. 22.

It took weeks of pressuring U.S. diplomats and congressmen for help, but she finally got an answer, which she shared with The Associated Press.

Three soldiers have been charged with killing her son.

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