Young couple who died in tractor-trailer headed to U.S. “so they could have a different life, so they could achieve goals”

Children set out hoping to earn sufficient to assist their siblings and fogeys. Young adults who sacrificed to attend school pondering it will lead to success left their nation disillusioned. A person already working in the U.S. who returned to go to his spouse and youngsters determined to take a cousin on his return to the U.S.

As households of the greater than 60 folks packed into a tractor-trailer and deserted on Monday in Texas started to verify their worst fears and discuss of their relations, a frequent narrative of pursuing a higher life took form from Honduras to Mexico.

Fifty-three of these migrants left in the sweltering warmth on the outskirts of San Antonio had died as of Wednesday, whereas others remained hospitalized. The tedious means of identifications continues, however households are confirming their losses.

The lifeless included 27 folks from Mexico, 14 from Honduras, seven from Guatemala and two from El Salvador, stated Francisco Garduño, chief of Mexico’s National Immigration Institute.

Each put their lives in the fingers of smugglers. News of the trailer filled with our bodies struck horror in cities and villages accustomed to watching their younger folks depart, making an attempt to flee poverty or violence in Central America and Mexico.

In Las Vegas, Honduras, a city of 10,000 folks about 50 miles south of San Pedro Sula, Alejandro Miguel Andino Caballero, 23, and Margie Tamara Paz Grajeda, 24, had believed his diploma monitor in advertising and marketing and hers in economics would open doorways to financial stability.

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In this undated picture supplied by Karen Caballero, her son Alejandro Miguel Andino Caballero and his girlfriend Margie Tamara Paz Grajeda pose for a picture at an undisclosed location in Honduras. 

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Already collectively for practically a decade, the younger couple spent current years making use of for jobs with corporations. But repeatedly they have been denied.

The pandemic hit, hurricanes devastated the northern a part of the nation and they grew disillusioned.

So when a relative of Andino Caballero’s residing in the United States provided to assist him and his youthful brother, 18-year-old Fernando José Redondo Caballero, finance the journey north, they have been prepared.

“You think that when people have a higher level of education, they have to get more employment opportunities,” stated Karen Caballero, the brothers’ mom. “Because that’s why they work, study.”

Caballero didn’t really feel like she could maintain them again anymore, together with 24-year-old Paz Grajeda, who lived with Alejandro in his mom’s dwelling and who Caballero referred to as her daughter-in-law although they had not married.

“We all planned it as a family so they could have a different life, so they could achieve goals, dreams,” Caballero stated.

When they left Las Vegas on June 4, Caballero accompanied them to Guatemala. From there, the younger trio have been smuggled throughout Guatemala after which Mexico in the again of semitrailers.

“I thought things were going to go well,” she stated. “Who was a little afraid was Alejandro Miguel. He said, ‘Mom, if something happens to us.’ And I told him, ‘Nothing is going to happen, nothing is going to happen. You are not the first nor will you be the last human being to travel to the United States.'”

Caballero final spoke to them Saturday morning. They informed her they had crossed the Rio Grande at Roma, Texas, have been headed to Laredo and on Monday anticipated to head north to Houston.

She had simply gotten dwelling Monday night when somebody informed her to activate the tv. “I couldn’t process it,” she stated of seeing the report concerning the trailer in San Antonio. “Then I remembered how my sons had traveled, that they had been in trucks since Guatemala and the whole stretch in Mexico.”

Caballero was in a position to verify their deaths Tuesday after sending their particulars and pictures to San Antonio.

Alejandro Miguel was inventive, jovial, recognized for hugging everybody and being a good dancer. Fernando José was enthusiastic and noble, prepared to assist anybody in want. He imitated his older brother in every little thing from his haircut to his garments. They have been soccer fanatics, filling their mom’s dwelling with shouts.

The deaths of her sons and Paz Grajeda, who was like a daughter, are devastating. “My children leave a void in my heart,” she stated. “We’re going to miss them a lot.”

Nearly 400 miles away, the prospects for Wilmer Tulul and Pascual Melvin Guachiac, 13-year-old cousins from Tzucubal, Guatemala, had been significantly extra slender.

Family and friends gather to mourn the dead of their loved ones who died in the U.S., in Nahuala
A girl holds pictures of 13 year-old Pascual Melvin Guachiac and 14-year-old Juan Wilmer Tulul Tepaz, cousins who died together with different migrants in San Antonio, Texas, on the small village of Tzucubal, in Nahuala, Guatemala June 29, 2022.


Tzucubal is an Indigenous Quiche neighborhood of about 1,500 folks in the mountains practically 100 miles northwest of the capital, the place most dwell by subsistence farming.

“Mom, we’re heading out,” was the final message Wilmer despatched to his mom Magdalena Tepaz in their native Quiche on Monday. They had left dwelling June 14.

Hours after listening to that audio message, a neighbor informed the household there had been an accident in San Antonio and they feared the worst, Tepaz stated via a translator.

The boys had grown up mates and did every little thing collectively: taking part in, going out, even planning to go to the United States regardless of not talking Spanish nicely, stated Melvin’s mom, María Sipac Coj.

A single mom of two, she stated Melvin “wanted to study in the United States, then work and after build my house.” She obtained a voice message from her son Monday saying they have been leaving. She has erased it as a result of she could not stand to hear to it anymore.

Relatives who organized and paid for the smuggler awaited the boys in Houston. Those relations informed her of their deaths, and the Guatemalan authorities confirmed them to her Wednesday.

Wilmer’s father, Manuel de Jesús Tulul, could not cease crying Wednesday. He stated he had no concept how the boys would get to Houston, however by no means imagined they can be put in a trailer. His son had left college after elementary and joined his father clearing farmland for planting.

Tulul stated Wilmer didn’t see a future for himself in a city the place modest properties have been constructed with remittances despatched from the United States. He wished to assist assist his three siblings and have his personal home and land some day.

The smuggler charged $6,000, nearly half of which they had paid. Now Tulul was solely fascinated by getting his son’s physique again and hoping the federal government would cover the price.

In Mexico, cousins Javier Flores López and Jose Luis Vásquez Guzmán left the tiny neighborhood of Cerro Verde in the southern state of Oaxaca additionally hoping to assist their households. They have been headed to Ohio, the place building jobs and different work awaited.

Flores López is now lacking, his household stated, whereas Vásquez Guzmán is hospitalized in San Antonio.

Cerro Verde is a neighborhood of about 60 people who has largely been deserted by the younger. Those who stay work incomes meager livings weaving solar hats, mats, brooms and different objects from palm leaves. Many dwell on as little as 30 pesos a day (lower than $2).

It was not the primary journey to the U.S.-Mexico border for Flores López, now in his mid-30s, who left Cerro Verde years in the past and went to Ohio, the place his father and a brother dwell.

He was again dwelling to see his spouse and three young children briefly, stated a cousin, Francisco López Hernández. Vásquez Guzmán, 32, determined to go along with his cousin for his first journey throughout the border and hoped to attain his oldest brother who is in Ohio as nicely.

While everybody knew the dangers, numerous folks from Cerro Verde had made it safely throughout the U.S.-Mexico border with the assistance of smugglers, so it got here as a shock, López Hernández stated, to study Vásquez Guzmán was amongst these packed into the trailer discovered deserted Monday close to auto salvage yards. The household believes Flores López was, too, however they are nonetheless awaiting affirmation.

Vásquez Guzmán’s mom had meant to get a visa to go to her hospitalized son, however on Wednesday he was moved out of intensive care and she or he was in a position to communicate with him by cellphone. She determined to keep in Mexico and await his recovery, stated Aida Ruiz, director of the Oaxaca Institute for Migrant Attention.

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Virgilia Lopez, the mom of Javier Flores, reacts throughout an interview in San Miguel Huautla, in Oaxaca state, Mexico June 28, 2022.


López Hernández stated most individuals depend on these who have made it to the U.S. to ship them money for the journey, which normally prices round $9,000.

“There are a lot of risks but for those who are lucky, the fortune is there, to be able to work, earn a living” he stated.

Two males charged in the incident could face the dying penalty, the Justice Department stated Wednesday.

Texas native Homero Zamorano, the alleged truck driver, was arrested Wednesday on felony expenses related to his alleged involvement in the lethal smuggling marketing campaign. If convicted, the 45-year-old Pasadena resident faces up to life in jail, or the opportunity of the dying penalty, in accordance to the Justice Department.

Christian Martinez, 28, was additionally charged after federal legislation enforcement officers executed a search warrant on a cellphone belonging to Zamorano. Investigators discovered communications between him and Martinez in which they mentioned the smuggling try, in accordance to the DOJ.

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