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Houston Chronicle July 26, 1997

Marines survived teen

Thanks for the enlightening story about the shooting death of Esequiel Hernandez ("Attorney says Marine fired at border teen as `last resort,' " Chronicle, July 24). Until now, I had failed to understand how these combat-equipped Marines could have been so savagely attacked by this teen-ager that they had to defend themselves or die first.

But now I've got it. The Marines followed Hernandez for over 200 yards so they could show "great restraint" in shooting him as a "last resort." The homicidal propensities of teen-aged goatherders, armed with .22 rifles, are well known in Texas folklore.

Those Marines were indeed lucky to have survived the deadly threat to their lives. Too bad Hernandez wasn't as lucky.

Arthur R. Sobey,

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