Mother of trailer smuggling victim traveling from Veracruz to recover son's body

Mariano Lopez Cano, 26, died during Sunday's human smuggling incident

SAN ANTONIO – A mother is making a 900-mile journey from Veracruz, Mexico, to San Antonio to recover the body of her son who died in a trailer almost a week ago during a human smuggling incident.

Her son was identified as 26-year-old Mariano Lopez Cano.

The director of the Institute of Veracruz Migrants said Cano's death comes nearly a week after his third child was born.

Officials said Cano was also traveling with a relative in the 18-wheeler who did survive. It's not exactly clear if that person was his brother.

The Veracruz government said they knew about the two victims on Sunday when the undocumented immigrants were found in the back of an 18-wheeler in a Walmart parking lot on the Southwest Side.

The victim’s family in Veracruz didn't learn about the identities until Tuesday.

The Mexican Consulate said of 10 of the victims, seven were identified as Mexican nationals.

Only one body was transferred to a funeral home. The other 6 remain at the medical examiner’s office.

The foreign ministry in Guatemala identified one of the bodies as one of their own. The identities of the remaining 2 victims are still unclear.

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