The 45-year-old truck driver is charged with one count of alien smuggling resulting in death
Four people, including alleged truck driver Homero Zamorano Jr, have been charged in connection to the San Antonio migrant deaths, the Justice Department announced 在星期三.
The 45-year-old is charged with one count of alien smuggling resulting in death. He is from Brownsville but based in Pasadena, 德克萨斯州, 据官员称. He could face up to life in prison or the death penalty.
Three others were charged as well, including Christian Martinez, who allegedly discussed the smuggling plan in a call with Mr Zamorano, and Mexican nationals Juan Claudio and Juan Francisco D’Luna Mendez, who were found because their address was used to register the tractor-trailer that smuggled the migrants.
至少 53 people were discovered dead, “stacked” inside the truck’s tractor-trailer near San Antonio, 德克萨斯州, in what authorities believe may be the deadliest human-trafficking incident in modern US history.
The alleged driver, Mr Zamorano, was high on meth when he was arrested and had a past history of drug use and arrests, according to family members.
What comes next in the San Antonio truck smuggling case?
Victims have been found with no identification documents at all and in one case a stolen ID. Remote villages lack phone service to reach family members and determine the whereabouts of missing migrants. Fingerprint data has to be shared and matched by different governments.
More than three days after the discovery of 51 dead migrants in a stifling trailer in San Antonio, few identities of the victims have been made public, illustrating the challenges authorities face in tracing people who cross borders clandestinely.
The AP has the story.
Bodies without identification documents, remote villages without phone service, the need to share fingerprint data across borders and even stolen IDs are complicating efforts to identify the 51 dead migrants found in San Antonio as families from Mexico to Honduras worry their loved ones could be among them
Four migrants killed in another crash
A jeet carrying a group of migrants crashed into a trailer on Thursday after it escaped a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoint in Encinal, Texas on Thursday.
Four people were killed and three are hospitalised, a crash that came after the deadliest human smuggling incident on record in the United States left 53 migrants dead in an abandoned trailer truck.
The Mexican consulate in the Texan border city of Laredo said two Mexican men, one Guatemalan and another unidentified person died in Thursday’s crash.
The driver was a US citizen and was hospitalised with two other people believed to be from Guatemala.
More details emerge about Homer Zamorano’s troubled past
Homero Zamorano, the man charged with driving the abandoned Texas semi-truck in which 53 migrants died, was high on methamphetamine when he was arrested, according to US Representative Henry Cuellar, whose district includes San Antonio.
The Texas Democrat told Reuters he was briefed on the information by Customs and Border Patrol, who he said added that the migrants were likely picked in the truck at a US-based “stash house” before being abandoned in San Antonio on Monday evening.
That would match with accounts from Mr Zamorano’s family, who say he struggled with drug use and resorted to criminality to fund his habit.
“His life is really separate from ours,” Zamarano’s brother-in-law told The Texas Tribune. “I have no idea how he got involved in that. He would get lost for years and would come around occasionally. He basically raised himself.”
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Family members say accused driver used drugs and had past arrests
Migrant smuggler didn’t realise trailer’s AC had stopped working, complaint says
One of the accused in the deadliest smuggling tragedy in US history has told a government informant that the driver did not know that the AC unit of the packed trailer had stopped working, a filing Texas federal court said.
Christian Martinez, 28, who has been charged with conspiracy to transport undocumented migrants leading to death, sent the messages to the driver of the vehicle on Monday — about six hour before the tragedy — purporting to show a truck manifest.
The truck driver was previously identified as Homero Zamorano Jr, 45, but his name was redacted in the complaint.
Mr Martinez also texted GPS coordinates to an address in Laredo to the driver half an hour later and texted the initials for “where you at?”.
The urgency in the tone of messages grew as he did not receive any message from the driver. “Call me, 当然我想打破一些迪士尼角色,” he texted at 3:18 下午.
He sent the last message around 6.15pm when the authorities had already found Mr Zamorano hiding in the bushes while they pulled bodies.
The driver of high on methamphetamines, two officials later said.
The other tragedy in Texas
As San Antonio grappled with scores of dead migrants, residents of the Texas border town of Uvalde are still struggling for closure after the historic mass school shooting there in May, 杀死了 21 人们.
Photographer Billy Calzada of the San Antonio Express News captured the frustration of parents and community members at a meeting on Thursday as they sought answers from local officials about police failings during the attack.
Guatemala, Mexico families talk about sons after tragedy
Families of some of the youngest migrants mourned the deaths of their young sons who were setting off to the US with dreams of making big and helping the family there before their life came to a tragic end before their destination.
The family of Wilmer Tulul, 14, and Melvin Guachiac, 13, the two cousins in Nahuala, Guatemala, said that they left home with dreams in their eyes to learn English and reunite with family.
“My grandson said he had a dream,” Wilmer’s grandmother Pascuala Sipac said, speaking in Quiche through a translator. “He made the journey but (the dream) never arrived.”
The two died along with 53 people in the deadliest US human smuggling tragedy on record.
The family members confirmed their deaths after seeing their photos sent from San Antonio morgue
The family of sons Jair, 19, and Yovani, 16, in Atexquilapan in eastern Mexico, are still waiting for closure with some information about their sons. Their parents are convinced that they were on the truck after they last talked to them on Monday morning.
“It’s very difficult for me to think about everything they went through,” said Yolanda Olivares. “It’s consuming me from the inside not knowing about them.”
Mexican Consul General visits San Antonio memorial
Rubén Minutti, the Consul General of Mexico, visited San Antonio on Thursday to pay his respects to the more than 50 migrants who died while being smuggled into the US in a crammed tractor-trailer.
A number of Mexicans were among the 53 死的.
Mr Minutti laid a wreath at the semi-rural site where the truck full of people was abandoned.
“Consular attention to the relatives of the victims has been offered from the first instants and will continue in each moment,” according to a statement from the Mexican Secretary of Exterior Relations office.
Photos show growing memorial at site of San Antonio trailer smuggling tragedy
An impromptu memorial has sprung up at the semi-rural location outside of San Antonio where more than 50 migrants were killed while being smuggled into the US in a tractor-trailer.
The displays included flowers, 旗帜, and protest signs.
Artist Roberto Marquez is also painting a mural at the site.
Father describes final conversation with son who died in trailer: 视频
A father named Manuel told KHOU about how he tried to stop his son from migrating to the US, but that the 13-year-old, Wilmer, would not be deterred.
Here’s what he said.
How are Republicans responding to the San Antonio migrant tragedy? By blaming Biden.
Not long after the discovery of the truck filled with dead migrants was made in Texas, Republicans including Texas governor Greg Abbott pounced and blamed Joe Biden’s border policies for what happened.
Here’s video of Mr Abbott’s response.
And here’s what else the GOP is saying about what happened in San Antonio.