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Dad of dead illegal immigrant sues rancher for shooting

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SAN ANTONIO — The father of an illegal immigrant from Mexico filed a $15-million lawsuit Friday against a Texas rancher who allegedly shot the immigrant to death after he approached the rancher in search of water.

The wrongful-death lawsuit was filed about six weeks after the Mexican government hired lawyers to seek damages from vigilantes near the border who have detained illegal immigrants crossing north from Mexico.

Friday's suit, filed in federal court in Del Rio, about 140 miles west of San Antonio, accuses Samuel H. Blackwood Jr. of shooting 23-year-old Eusebio de Haro Espinosa from behind after he and a companion walked up looking for water. It accuses Blackwood and his wife, Brenda, of failing to seek medical attention and leaving the man to die.