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Mexican Consulate to remember 19 immigrant deaths 10 years later

By Victoria Advocate
May 13, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.
Updated May 14, 2013 at 12:14 a.m.

Celtic crosses lined up across a barbed wire fence are symbolic of the lives lost in one of the state's worst human smuggling accidents. Nineteen people died in a tractor-trailer as they were being transported from South Texas to Houston on May 14, 2003.

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.

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