Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Stories of people killed in truck in San Antonio, Texas: brothers excited to find work, a woman who wanted to be reunited with her family and more

(Nation World News) – Grandmother put her head in his hands and started crying.

“He didn’t have to suffer,” said Adela Aguilar, shaking her head, recalling the moment her granddaughter said goodbye to her last month.

Adela Ramírez had just turned 28 years old and made an important decision: to leave the small town of Cuyamel in northwestern Honduras and move to the United States.

“I told him, ‘Don’t go. Here you live well. Here you can live wherever you want, working,'” Aguilar told Nation World News-affiliated Televisantro.

Adela Aguilar says she told her granddaughter not to go to America.

Still, Aguilar said her granddaughter was convinced she would find a better life in the United States, where her mother and sisters already lived.

Now Aguilar and other family and friends are shocked and shocked to learn that Ramirez was among dozens of migrants found dead this week in a truck in San Antonio, Texas, Televisantro was told.

Investigators are still working to identify the victims in what a Homeland Security Investigation agent called the deadliest human trafficking incident in US history. At least 53 people have died and some of the victims may be under the age of 18.

Officials said migrants from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras were among the dead. And in communities thousands of miles from San Antonio, devastated family members are beginning to share stories about their loved ones.

Two brothers excited to find work in America and send money to their mother

Karen Caballero told reporters that her children’s visit to the United States was marking the beginning of a new chapter in her life.

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“We planned it together as a family, so that they could lead a separate life, so that they could achieve their goals and dreams,” he said. “That was the starting point.”

Stories of people killed in truck in San Antonio, Texas: brothers excited to find work, a woman who wanted to be reunited with her family and more

Brothers Fernando Caballero, left, and Alejandro Caballero promised they would make enough money to buy their mother a house.

Authorities said his sons, Fernando Jose Redondo Caballero, 18, and Alejandro Miguel Andino Caballero, 23, were among the victims. Alejandro’s wife, Margie Tamara Paz Grajera, 25, also died.

Speaking to reporters outside his home in Las Vegas, Honduras, Caballero revealed how much he loves his children.
“To me, my kids were always the most beautiful kids in my world,” he said.

She told Telemundo that her kids were excited about the trip, just as they were kids waiting to go to a birthday party. They wanted to build a house for him with the money to work in the United States.

“Be successful and stay focused,” he told them before leaving.

Stories of people killed in truck in San Antonio, Texas: brothers excited to find work, a woman who wanted to be reunited with her family and more

Karen Caballero relaxes during a casual news conference at her home in Las Vegas, Honduras. His two sons were among the victims of the deadliest human trafficking incident in American history.

The brothers’ grandfather, Miguel ngel Lara, told Nation World News en Espanol he thought something bad had happened. The family had lost contact with him, he said, and then learned of the tragedy in San Antonio.

“Someone said to me: ‘Watch TV.’ And I looked, and I said, My people are there.”

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He sent a text message to his friend saying he had crossed the border

Back in Cuyamel, Adela Ramirez’s loved ones tell Televisantro that they were struggling to accept her death.

“We were like sisters,” said a close friend, Claudia Valecillo.

“I can’t believe the news,” Valesillo showed Televisantro the house where Ramírez lived with his mother and sisters.

Testimony of Honduran mother killed in truck in Texas 2:52

Balloons from Ramirez’s recent birthday celebrations are still in the living room, near the motorcycle he used to ride. Sandals and heels line against the wall of her bedroom, where a plethora of photos include a photo from her 2015 graduation majoring in business administration from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Institute in Puerto Cortes, Honduras.

Stories of people killed in truck in San Antonio, Texas: brothers excited to find work, a woman who wanted to be reunited with her family and more

Adela Ramirez in a 2015 graduation photo.

“I’m here, and looking at his stuff, I feel worse,” Valacillo said.

Family members told Televicentro that Ramirez’s mother and sisters had moved to the United States over the past year.

And Ramirez moved to join them last month, Vallecilo said. The two friends kept in touch during their travels.

On Monday morning, Ramirez sent Valacillo a series of text messages asking him to keep the secret.

He wrote, “I’m in America now… but don’t tell anyone.”

“Now I’m going to be with my mom and my sisters,” Valesillo says Ramirez told him.

But Ramirez never got the opportunity to be reunited with his family. Later that day, the truck was found in San Antonio.

As they mourn, Valacillo says that Ramirez’s loved ones are hoping that authorities will help transport his remains back to their hometowns.

“We ask the government to help us and send his body so that we can bury him here,” he said, “to see him one last time.”

Nation World News en Espanol’s Anna Melgar, Alvin Sandoval, Marlon Sorto and Isabel Rodriguez contributed to this report.

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