GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) – The body of a 7-year-old girl who died while being held for US border patrols arrived in her native Guatemala on Sunday and was due to be paid hours in the countryside and handed over to family members for another farewell.
A white coffin containing Jacqueline Cal was received in the afternoon at Guatemala City International Airport by representatives of the State Department and then loaded into the back of a black fish by workers wearing orange sweaters.
None of the family members were at hand. Domingo Cal, the girl's grandfather, told the Associated Press that the family did not have the money to travel from their poor village to the capital of Guatemala.
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In the house of Domingo Cal in the village of San Antonio Saccortes, in the province of Alta Verapaz, the relatives set up a small wooden altar surrounded by flowers filled with flowers, with pictures of Giclane and the handwritten letter, "We miss you". Behind the house, dozens of Tamil women and beans were prepared to feed the mourners.
His relatives expected the body to arrive early Monday.
Cal and her father, Neri Cal, were traveling with a group of 163 immigrants who arrived in New Mexico earlier this month. After being detained on December 6, the father told an American client that the girl was sick and vomited.
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The father signed a paper saying that Jacqueline was in good health, but it was not clear how much he understood what he had said. The model was in English, and the agents read it in Spanish.
A bus carrying Monday left Antelope Wells port to enter Lordsburg Station, about 90 minutes away. By that time, according to the Customs Protection and Limits statement, Jacqueline's temperature reached 105.7 degrees Fahrenheit. Emergency medical technicians were revived.
She was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she died the next day.
Guatemalan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marta Lara said the ministry had sent a diplomatic note to the State Department requesting it to monitor the case and determine the cause of the death.
Associated Press Writer Sonia Perez D. in San Antonio Sikors, Guatemala, contributed to this report.