Drowned father and daughter mourned as they’re laid to rest in El Salvador

epa07687456 (FILE) Tania Avalos, mother of the Salvadorian girl Valeria that died with her father Oscar Martinez at the Rio Grande river trying to arrive to USA, arrives from Mexico to the Oscar Romero International Airport in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador, on 28 June 2019 (reissued 01 July 2019). The bodies of the drowned father and girl arrived in El Salvador where they are due to be buried in San Salvador oln 01 July 2019. EPA-EFE/Rodrigo Sura

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The bodies of a man and his young daughter who drowned trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas are being laid to rest in their native El Salvador.

About 50 people are carrying flowers and following a hearse toward the burial site at La Bermeja cemetery in southern San Salvador, the capital. Journalists are not allowed access to the private ceremony.

Relatives and friends, many clad in black, arrived by bus Monday from their hometown of Altavista.

Among them was Berta Padilla, who said she knew the victims.

In her words: “They are good people, and I can’t believe they died this way.”

A heartbreaking photograph of the father and daughter that circled the globe underscored the perils faced by migrants and asylum-seekers trying to reach the U.S.

Via AP

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