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A Mexican farmworker crossed the border dreaming of building his family a home. Days later, he was fatally shot in West Texas.

Jesús Iván Sepúlveda Martínez was living in his parents’ home with his wife and 6-month-old baby. His family says he left Mexico for Austin to seek work painting houses when he was shot to death.

Luz Maria Martinez and Napoleon Sepulveda cry over their son, Jesus Ivan Sepulveda, who was shot and killed by a prison warden (at the time) last week near Sierra Blanca, Texas, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Sepulveda was shot while the group of migrants he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with stopped for water near Sierra Blanca, Texas. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
The aunt of Jesus Ivan Sepulveda, who was shot and killed by a prison warden (at the time) last week near Sierra Blanca, Texas, talks on the phone about her nephew, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Sepulveda was shot while the group of migrants he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with stopped for water near the small town. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

Caught twice at the border, he tried once more

The partner, Sandra Lizeth Cardenas, and six-month-old daughter, Sofia Sepulveda, of Jesus Ivan Sepulveda, take a moment to themselves, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Sepulveda was shot and killed by a prison warden (at the time) last week near Sierra Blanca, Texas. He was shot while the group of migrants he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with stopped for water near the small town. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune
Napoleon Sepulveda takes a moment to himself, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. His son, Jesus Ivan Sepulveda, who was shot and killed by a prison warden (at the time) last week near Sierra Blanca, Texas. Sepulveda was shot while the group of migrants he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with stopped for water near the small town.
The families of the two migrants shot, Brenda Berenice Casillas and Jesus Ivan Sepulveda, last week by a prison warden (at the time) near Sierra Blanca, Texas, converse, Wednesday, October 5, 2022, in Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Sepulveda, was shot and killed while the group of migrants they were traveling with stopped for water after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune

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