The body count is increasing in the deadly human trafficking incident coming out of San Antonio, Texas that originated south of the border.
Today federal authorities charged James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 60, of Florida with charges of “knowingly transporting people who are in the country illegally.” Murder charges are also expected for the 10 people that have died thus far. The death toll is expected to rise.
The horrific incident started early yesterday morning in a parking lot of a Walmart when someone from the truck asked a Walmart employee for water. That individual contacted authorities who came upon the tractor trailer that held 38 people inside. There were eight dead including two children – two individuals later died in the hospital. 20 others were transported in critical condition to local hospitals suffering from heat stroke and asphyxiation.
Eyewitness reports indicate the undocumented boarded the truck from different immigrant stash houses near the border, having already entered the U.S. illegally. The truck was to travel the 150 miles north to San Antonio initially carrying some 180-200 individuals. Many were dropped off throughout the 2-hour plus journey the remaining 38 left to sweltering in nearly 100 degree temperature inside a trailer with only 4 holes for ventilation and no air conditioning.
Bradley for his parts says he knows nothing not even that he was transporting human beings. He now faces the death penalty. Authorities have not released the name of the dead except to say some are from Guatemala and Mexico, no other home countries have been released. Several of the individuals are now suffering permanent brain damage as a result of heat stroke.
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