“He had so many dreams. He dreamed of a better future, building a home, supporting his siblings as well as his father,” María Tutul, a cousin of Juan Wilmer, told CNN en Español.
, Adela Betulia Ramirez Quezada
, 27, who lived in Cuyamel
, a small town in northwest Honduras
, was convinced she’d find a better life in the US
, where her mom and sisters were already living
, su familia dijo.
“I told her — ‘Don’t go. Here you live well. Here you can live anywhere you want, [object Window],'” her grandmother Adela Aguilar told CNN affiliate Televicentro.
los 22 victims identified Wednesday are:
• Adela Betulia Ramirez Quezada, 27, of Honduras
• Alvaro Ojeda Salazar, 23, of Mexico
• Efrain Garcia Ferrel, 22, of Mexico
• Enrique Chavez, 37, of Guatemala
• Fernando Gallegas Garcia, 38, of Mexico
• Gustavo Santillan Santillan, 27, of Mexico
• J. Marcial Trejo Hernandez, 38, of Mexico
• Jair Valencia Olivares, 20, of Mexico
• Javier Flores-Lopez, 35, of Mexico
• Jesus Alvarez Ortega, 43, of Mexico
• Jose Guadalupe Narciso Muñiz Lopez, 35, of Mexico
• Josue Diaz Gallardo, 34, of Mexico
• Juan Valeriano-Domitilo, 55, of Mexico
• Juan Wilmer Tulul Tepaz, 14, of Guatemala
• Maria Monterro-Serrato, 28, of Mexico
• Mariano Santiago Hipolito, 32, of Mexico
• Misael Olivares Monterde, 16, of Mexico
• Pablo Ortega Alvarez, 20, of Mexico
• Pascual Melvin Guachiac Sipac, 13, of Guatemala
• Yazmin Nayarith Bueso Nunez, 37, of Honduras
• Yeisan Efrain Jimenez, 20, of Guatemala
The government of Honduras previously identified Ramirez Quezada and Bueso Nunez as victims
. The country said two brothers in their 20s, and the wife of one of them
, had perished
“We planned it together as a family
, so that they could have a different life
, so that they would achieve their goals and dreams
,” Karen Caballero
, the men’s mother
, dijo a los reporteros last week in front of her home in Las Vegas
, Honduras. “This was the jumping-off point.
Por lo menos four people have been charged in connection with the deadly smuggling incident
The alleged driver, Homero Zamorano Jr., 45, who is originally from Brownsville but resides in Pasadena, Texas, was arrested last week on criminal charges related to alleged involvement in human smuggling resulting in death, according to a US Department of Justice news release. Zamorano has a lengthy criminal record dating back to the 1990s, public records show.
Christian Martinez, 28, was charged with one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented migrants resulting in death, the DOJ said.
Si es condenado, both Zamorano and Martinez could face up to life in prison or the death penalty.
CNN contacted Martinez’s attorney for comment, while Zamorano’s declined to comment. Two others have also been arrested and charged in the case.
The discovery came as US federal authorities launched what they described as an “sin precedentes” operation to disrupt human smuggling networks amid an influx of migrants at the US-Mexico border.