RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services), a local non-profit in San Antonio, TX hosted a candle light vigil on Sunday, July 23rd in memory of recent migrant deaths.
The Vigil took place at San Fernando Cathedral and honored the immigrants who were recently found dead inside a large truck parked in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, as well as others who were also found in that truck and are currently hospitalized. To date, nine people have died and another 30 or so are hospitalized, all of who were found in the same abandoned truck.
Attending the vigil from the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word were Sr. Martha Ann Kirk and Sr. Jean Durel. We thank them for their presence to show solidarity with the victims and their families and to denounce the structures that allow senseless deaths like this to occur.
You can read more about the recent migrant deaths in this New York Times article
Here is the statement from RAICES announcing the candle light vigil:
“Early this morning, RAICES heard the news that a truck had been found in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio that contained immigrant men, women, and children. Eight people had died, twenty more are in critical condition, and others had less-severe injuries.