Volunteers from near and far tend to the migrant memorial on Quintana Road

The world has not forgotten the 53 migrants who died in the back of a tractor-trailer on Quintana Road several weeks ago.

The growing San Antonio memorial welcomes visitors from all over, and volunteers work to make it last forever.

Visitors came from Florida, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Mexico and Honduras. San Antonio resident Esmerelda Thomas said we cannot forget the names and faces of the victims.

“When you see pictures of kids and, you know, they’ve left families behind. I mean, they’re probably like somebody’s dad, mom, brother, sister, niece, nephew. one, what do you have. And it’s just, it’s a revelation, you know?” said Thomas.

Despite the heat, people come to the memorial every day. Some volunteers brought water, watermelon and ice.

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Sandgrace Martinez visits the site several times a week to keep it clean. She organized two porta-potties there.

“There were rosaries that lasted two hours and there were dances and, you know, sages and all sorts of things. So people had to go to the bathroom,” Martinez said.

People will gather at the memorial on July 27, a month after the tragedy. Martinez said there will be mariachis and rosaries.

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