Two Honduran migrants were discovered dead on Friday, confined in a railroad boxcar west of San Antonio with more than a dozen other people. Federal officials have charged suspect Denniso Carranza Gonzales for their deaths.
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Who is Denniso Carranza Gonzales?
Denniso Carranza Gonzales, a citizen of Honduras, was recognized as the leader of the group of illegal immigrants discovered on a United Pacific train close to Knippa. According to court documents, he was charged in Del Rio with conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants which resulted in two deaths.
15 males and 2 women were found on the Union Pacific train, according to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
According to the federal complaint, Gonzales claimed that he had been escorting groups of undocumented immigrants into Eagle Pass, Texas, from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, for three months “as a way to pay for his own smuggling costs.”
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According to the lawsuit, he claimed the other traffickers promised to “take care” of him if he continued to smuggle people. He claimed that the groups would be led onto train cars as they traveled to San Antonio.
According to Carranza, the doors were closed when the group from Friday boarded the train. He told investigators that when the train began to move, the migrants were anxious and turned to him for advice. Carranza said he advised them to stay calm and try to relax because the box would be unlocked and everyone would be fine once they arrived in San Antonio. But, as the journey went on, the boxcar heated up significantly and the air became difficult to breathe.
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Later, Carranza Gonzales claimed to have started calling the second man who had put them in the boxcar so he could unlock the door. However, when the other party didn’t pick up the phone, Carranza “advised everyone in the box to start calling 911.” According to Uvalde Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez, a caller stated that people were suffocating in a train compartment at about 3:50 p.m. on Friday.