San Antonio, Texas, Jul 23, 2017 / 20:26 pm
The deaths of at least nine people due to heat in an alleged immigrant smuggler's truck parked in San Antonio are an occasion for tears, prayers, and action to end such situations, the local archbishop has said.
"There are no words to convey the sadness, despair, and yes, even anger, we feel today at learning of the completely senseless deaths of nine people who died as human smuggling or trafficking victims from heat exhaustion and suffocation in San Antonio overnight," Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said July 23. "This is an incomprehensible tragedy."
The San Antonio archbishop voiced prayers for the about 30 adults and children hospitalized with serious injuries due to heat.
"We pray for these victims and all victims of human smuggling and trafficking; that this monstrous form of modern slavery will come to a quick and final end," he said. "God cries seeing this reality and many other situations such as this across our country and around the world."