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Families Lay to Rest Guatemalan Teens Who Died in Sweltering Migrant Trailer in Texas

HeadlineJul 18, 2022

In Guatemala, relatives have buried two migrant teenagers who died last month in a sweltering trailer in Texas as they attempted to reunite with family in the United States. Fourteen-year-old Wilmer Tulul and 13-year-old Melvin Guachiac were laid to rest in the western highlands town of Nahualá on Saturday. They were among 53 asylum seekers who died of heat stroke and suffocation in the back of an 18-wheeler abandoned on the side of a road in San Antonio, Texas, in June. This is Wilmer Tulul’s grandfather Juan.

Juan Tulul: “My namesake died. My namesake had a dream to go in search of his life. He dreamed of getting a house, a piece of land.”

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