Venezuelan soldiers, police officers face criminal charges

Three Venezuelan National Guard soldiers and two Bolivarian National Police officers were facing charges on Thursday in the shooting deaths of a teen and a father near the border with Colombia.

Authorities announced Yelfrin Carmona, Jose Rodriguez and Brayan Lemus were charged with murder in the death of Manuel Felipe Castellanos Molina in the Venezuelan state of Tachira. 

The 46-year-old father was standing in line in front of a store when clashes between protesters and National Guard soldiers erupted and he was shot in the neck, according to authorities. He died on Wednesday. 

Prosecutors confirmed 15-year-old Jose Guerrero was also shot dead in Tachira on Wednesday. His sister, Maria Contreras, told Reuters that the teen was shot dead after his mom sent him out to buy flour for dinner.  

Prosecutors also announced they were charging Wilfredo Casanova and Carla Sayago, two Bolivarian National Police officers, in the death of 18-year-old Luis Jose Alviarez Chacon in Tachira. The student was protesting against President Nicolas Maduro when he was shot. He died on Monday. 

Angry protesters in Tachira targeted stores, police stations and a military outpost. 

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Local 10 News Andrea Torres was reporting from Miami

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