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Victims of Texas Migrant Truck Disaster Laid to Rest in Mexico

HeadlineJul 15, 2022

Three teenagers who were among the 53 asylum seekers who died inside an abandoned, sweltering truck in San Antonio, Texas, last month have been buried. Brothers Jair and Yovani Valencia Olivares, ages 19 and 16, and their cousin, 16-year-old Misael Olivares, were laid to rest Thursday in the state of Veracruz. This is Jair and Yovani’s mother.

Yolanda Valencia: “They wanted to build a house and start a business, not to spend their lives making shoes, because it is tiring work. There are jobs here, but they are very poorly paid. Things go up in price, but wages don’t go up. That’s why they went to look for a better life.”

Twenty-six of the victims were from Mexico.

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