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Locals gather to mourn the victims of the Holtville crash that killed 13 people

EL CENTRO, Calif.(KYMA, KECY)- Activists and locals gathered at the crash site to pay their respects to the 13 lives lost in a collision in Holtville between a Gravel truck and SUV. Among the car parts and articles of clothing, you find scattered at the crash site you’ll see candles and crosses each with a message of hope and unity.

Border patrol said all those in the vehicle had entered the country illegally. The Mexican Consulate confirmed ten people were Mexican and three people have yet to be identified.

Jorge Morales was driving to work when he noticed the flowers and candles. He had heard about the accident and felt compelled to pay his respects.

“Well, I Identify with all these people as a Mexican, it’s sad that these types of things happen and these people were likely searching for a better life,” said Jorge Morales, Mourner.

“I am an immigrant and I am suffering the same thing they are suffering, and it’s honestly something very painful,” said Jose Luis Maldonado, Mourner.

The Department of Homeland of Security is also investigating this case as human smuggling.

Chirla organizer Hugo Castro says 25 people trying to fit in an SUV is proof of inhumane immigration policy.

“They are victims of forced migrations that are going to do anything possible to be with loved ones, to be with moms, dads, and kids,” said Hugo Castro, Chirla Organizer.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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