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Boy’s death draws attention to immigration perils

June 30, 2014 • National News


This undated image provided by the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office shows a piece of clothing that was worn by Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas earlier this month. When authorities found the body of the 11-year-old boy in South Texas, a phone number for his brother in Chicago was scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle. The boy, wearing “Angry Birds” jeans, black leather boots and a white rosary around his neck, had come from his home country of Guatemala and apparently got lost in the Texas brush, near the border with Mexico and less than a mile from the nearest home. (AP Photo/Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — When authorities found an 11-year-old Guatemalan boy’s body about a mile from Texas’ southern border, they also discovered his brother’s Chicago phone number scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle.

The boy, wearing “Angry Birds” jeans, black leather boots and a white rosary around his neck, had apparently gotten lost on his way north from his native country and was found about two weeks ago, alone in the brush less than a mile from the nearest U.S. home, a South Texas sheriff said Monday.

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