Mexican Consulate officials give update after deaths of 51 people found inside trailer on Southwest Side

Three people detained by officials; HSI takes over investigation

SAN ANTONIO – Officials with the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio provided an update Tuesday after the deaths of 51 people who were found inside a tractor-trailer on the Southwest Side.

Of the 51 dead, 39 were males and 12 were females. Bexar County officials have not released information on the ages of those who died, but county leaders said some victims may be under 18. Consulate officials said 27 of those who died were from Mexico and were identified through documentation they had on them.

Ambulances had originally transported 16 people in various conditions to local hospitals. Three of the patients at Baptist Hospital have died.

Mexican Consulate officials said out of the now 13 people in local hospitals, at least three patients are from Mexico. They said they are working with other consulates to positively identify all the victims in the tragedy.

Three people were detained in connection with the tragedy involving the migrants. Mexican Consulate officials said one detainee was being treated at a local hospital.

Homeland Security Investigations has taken over the case.


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Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.