Mexican Consulate to remember 19 immigrant deaths 10 years later
May 13, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.
Updated May 14, 2013 at 12:14 a.m.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Immigrant memorial
WHEN: Noon Saturday
WHERE: Intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Fleming Prairie Road
The Mexican Consulate in Houston will hold a memorial service at noon Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the deaths of 19 immigrants south of Victoria. The immigrants died May 14, 2003, in one of the state's worst cases of human smuggling deaths.
The immigrants, locked in a refrigerated truck, were en route from South Texas to Houston. They could not breathe and had no water as the temperatures climbed inside the trailer. The truck driver stopped at a convenience store south of Victoria, disconnected and unlocked the trailer and continued on to Houston.
A memorial was set up at the edge of the parking lot at the intersection of U.S. Highway 77 and Fleming Prairie Road. The ceremony will be at that site.
The ceremony will include talks from priests, Hispanic leaders, officials from the Mexican Consulate and people from the community.