The families of Armando Alejandre, Carlos Costa, Mario M. de la Peña, and Pablo Morales have established this website to honor the memory of their loved ones.
On February 24, 1996, these four men -- three of whom were United States citizens -- were flying two small, unarmed civil aircraft over international waters when Cuban Air Force fighter planes shot them down.
Following this incident, various international organizations, such as the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS), condemned the shoot down. Their recommendations included criminal prosecution of those responsible for these murders.
In 2003, the United States indicted the Cuban Air Force general that relayed the immediate order to shoot the planes and the two pilots who executed the order. Nevertheless, to date, none of the Cuban military officials responsible for their deaths has been brought to justice.
As the victims' families, we have created this site to serve as a source of information on this egregious human rights abuse against Americans. All documents used are from third parties and can be confirmed with their sources - government agencies, international organizations, courts, etc.
We call on the public to take action by contacting legislators and other government officials and by working with national and international human rights organizations to help condemn this terrorist act. The Cuban government must be held accountable for these murders and must be prevented from continuing to function as a state sponsor of terrorism. The loss of these four lives and this flagrant violation of human rights must not go unpunished.