MEXICO CITY — Yecenia Lazcano Soriano left behind a 4-year-old daughter in her house city of Tehuacan, Mexico, when she set out nearly in secret to achieve the USA.
The final message she despatched to kinfolk was a coronary heart emoji. Days later, on the California coast, two small boats carrying her and different migrants capsized in tough surf off a seaside in San Diego.
The 22-year-old’s physique was considered one of eight recovered shortly after the accident final Sunday at Black’s Seaside, one of many deadliest maritime smuggling occasions close to U.S. shores.
A single mom, Lazcano Soriano’s story was nearly a microcosm of the desperation that drives many migrants to the USA. Almost 129,000 migrants had been stopped making an attempt to cross the U.S. border in February.
At age 15, Lazcano Soriano went to dwell with the daddy of her youngster, however he was kidnapped and disappeared, like over 112,000 different Mexicans who’ve vanished since drug cartel violence picked up in 2006.
Lazcano Soriano dreamed of opening her personal retailer in Tehuacan, a poor agricultural city mendacity between the cities of Puebla and Oaxaca in south-central Mexico. Most there make a tenuous residing rising flowers or corn. The one mom offered fruit and greens at an area market.
However with jobs scarce, she determined to comply with her aunt, Wendy Valencia, who left Tehuacan to to migrate to Dallas six years in the past.
Lazcano Soriano left Tehuacan weeks in the past, telling solely two of her kinfolk. The final message she despatched was a coronary heart emoji to Valencia. After that, there was silence, till the chilling information got here: Authorities had recognized her by ID paperwork discovered on her physique.
“She wasn’t afraid of labor,” Valencia stated in a phone interview. “She was a warrior, a lady who was accustomed to wrestle.”
She left her daughter within the care of her 72-year-old grandmother and two different aunts, however had hoped to be reunited with the lady.
“Her objective was to provide her daughter a greater future, an enough house,” Valencia stated. Life was by no means that sort to Lazcano Soriano; her companion’s disappearance was by no means solved.
A complete of 23 individuals had been thought to aboard the 2 boats that capsized off San Diego. Most of the different passengers are believed to have made it to land and escaped.
Mexican authorities stated preliminary identification primarily based on information discovered with individuals’s our bodies point out seven of the eight lifeless had been Mexicans.
Simply 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Tehuacan, within the city of Tlacotepec de Benito Juarez, the tragedy touched the household of Alma Figueroa Gorgoria.
Figueroa Gorgoria would have turned 18 subsequent week. She had set out for the USA along with her aunt, Ana Jacqueline Figueroa, 23. Each of their our bodies had been recognized in San Diego.
Simply seven miles (12 kilometers) within the different course, the close by farming neighborhood of Santiago Miahuatlan was the hometown of Guillermo Suárez González, who additionally risked touring within the boats to achieve the USA. A employee at an area export meeting plant, the 23-year-old dreamed of a greater life; he left behind 4 youngsters. Eloy Hernández Baltazar, 58, additionally lived in Santiago Miahuatlan, and was additionally among the many lifeless.
The Puebla state migrant help workplace stated the paperwork has been submitted to return Suárez González to his house city for burial.