Texans mourn migrants killed in blistering truck tragedy

  • Texas residents gathered to mourn the 53 migrants who died this week after being left in a trailer in high temperatures.
  • The mourners, some of whom said they or their loved ones had also illegally migrated to the United States, left behind tokens of flowers, candles and bottled water.
  • The meeting took place at the site in San Antonio where the truck was found Monday to set up large wooden crosses and pay their respects.

Texas residents gathered under a blazing sun on Wednesday to mourn the 53 migrants who died this week after being left in a trailer in high temperatures, leaving behind tokens of flowers, candles and bottled water.

The mourners, some of whom said they or their loved ones had also illegally migrated to the United States, gathered at the site in San Antonio where the truck was found Monday to set up large wooden crosses and pay their respects.

Immigration authorities have said 53 people died, many from dehydration and heat stroke after being locked in the trailer without water for a day when the ambient temperature rose to 39.4 degrees Celsius.

Eleven others are still being treated at local hospitals, authorities said.

“All of this breaks my heart because I have family who went through the same thing,” said Veronica Vazquez, 37.

“All my cousins, my uncles, came to the United States illegally, some across the river and others through the desert,” she said.

Roberto Alvarez, who lives nearby, brought roses and candles.

The 48-year-old came to the United States as an illegal immigrant.

He said:

You kind of put yourself in their place… because you’ve been through it too.

According to Francisco Garduno, head of Mexico’s National Migration Institute, the dead included 27 Mexicans, 14 Hondurans, seven Guatemalans and two Salvadorans.

The nationalities of the other three have not yet been announced.

Officials from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, who met at the Mexican embassy in Washington, issued a joint statement pledging to help the victims and their families.

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People visit and commemorate victims during the midnight hours on June 29, 2022 as they light candles and leave flowers and water bottles at a makeshift memorial where 53 migrants were found dead in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, United States.

They said they would form a swift action group to tackle and dismantle human trafficking networks

San Antonio police were first alerted to the trailer on Monday after a worker near a remote road in San Antonio heard a cry for help and went to investigate.

Federal law enforcement officers arrested two men Tuesday at the address associated with the tractor-trailer registration, court documents show.

Juan Francisco D’Luna-Bilbao and Juan Claudio D’Luna-Mendez, both Mexican citizens who have stayed longer than US tourist visas, were charged with illegal possession of multiple firearms, the documents say.

A third person, suspected of being the tractor-trailer driver, was arrested nearby while “very high on meth,” the local daily San Antonio Express-News reported, citing a law enforcement officer.


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