CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A funeral viewing was held Sunday for Valeria Munique Tachiquin, the 32-year-old San Diego mother of five who was fatally shot by a plainclothes Border Patrol agent she allegedly rammed with her car in a South Bay neighborhood.
The viewing was held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Funeraria del Angel Humphrey in Chula Vista, according to Ricardo Favela, a representative for the Tachiquin family. The viewing was not open to the public.
The events that preceded the shooting began about 1 p.m. Sept. 28, when plainclothes Border Patrol agents went to an apartment in the 600 block of Moss Street to arrest previously deported felon, CVPD Capt. Gary Wedge said.
Tachiquin left the apartment, walked to a parked sedan which she allegedly pulled away from the curb, striking an agent, Wedge said.
One lawman told Tachiquin she was under arrest for vehicular assault as another reached through the window to remove the key, Wedge said. The car then struck the first agent again and she allegedly drove off with him on the hood.
After allegedly driving more than 200 yards, Tachiquin began to turn near Oaklawn Avenue where, according to a witness, the agent drew his gun and fired multiple times into the windshield.
Tachiquin's family on Monday called on the federal agency to provide a full explanation and justification for the lethal use of force.
The family also has created a trust fund in Tachiquin's name. Donations will be accepted at Wells Fargo Bank branches using the account number #688795161.