The News-Times

Town bids farewell to victim of Mexico truck crash


GUATEMALA CITY — The body of Guatemalan migrant Daniel Arnulfo Prez Uxla was laid out for the memorial service Sunday in his hometown of Tejar, in the highland province of Chimaltena­ngo.

Prez Uxla was one of four migrants killed in a Dec. 9 truck crash in southern Mexico whose bodies were returned to their homeland Saturday. A total of 56 migrants died when a people smugglers’ semi-trailer truck jammed with migrants overturned on a highway.

Prez Uxla was a 41-year-old ironworker who left for the United States in hopes of paying off a mortgage on his home, after losing his job during the coronaviru­s pandemic. His coffin was surrounded by white and yellow flowers and candles at his tin-roofed home. He left behind a wife and three children.

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