William Lonzo “Lon” Parker, a prominent Border Patrol officer, was killed in Arizona in 1926, allegedly by two Mexican residents. Legends surrounding his death called for brutal retaliation executions of seven ethnic Mexicans. Revenge-by proxy, a murderous Rangers practice accepted the death of any ethnic Mexican without cause of guilt. The violence practiced in the wake of Parker’s death was ignored, and his memory was celebrated.


City of Nogales Cemetery (Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona), William Lonzo “Lon” Parker tombstone, Findagrave.com, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=71838866&PIpi=60880649: accessed 31 October 2015), photograph.

Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. Migra!: A History of the U.S. Border Patrol. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2010.