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Ten Dead In Apparent Human Smuggling Tragedy In San Antonio

Update 12:25 p.m. Two of the seven victims were treated and released by University Health System, one of seven hospitals receiving those found. University Health System declined to say if the victims were discharged to law enforcement. Update 11:15 a.m. James Matthew Bradley Jr. has been charged with transporting immigrants illegally and his role in 10 of their deaths. According to a federal criminal complaint, Bradley was found in the cab of the tractor trailer by San Antonio Police Sunday Morning. He denied knowing the contents of the truck until he heard from sounds coming from it, wherein he says he tried to offer aid. In the complaint, Bradley says he was transporting the trailer from Schaller, Iowa to Brownsville. Bradley said in the complaint he traveled to Laredo to get his truck washed and detailed. One of the victims stated in the complaint that he and seven of his relatives had been in a "stash house" in Laredo and were being transported to San Antonio. The same victim says there were 70 people already on the trailer when they were loaded. Update 10:20 a.m. Federal authorities say a tenth person has died after being discovered in the back of a sweltering tractor trailer early Sunday Morning. 20 were hospitalized in dire condition. The owner of the truck -- Clearwater, Florida native James Matthew Bradley, Jr. -- is expected to be arraigned at 11 a.m. this morning. Update 5:30 p.m. This story has been updated throughout to reflect new information from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Update 12:25 p.m. Two of the seven victims were treated and released by University Health System, one of seven hospitals receiving those found. University Health System declined to say if the victims were discharged to law enforcement.

 

Update 11:15 a.m. James Matthew Bradley Jr. has been charged with transporting immigrants illegally and his role in 10 of their deaths.

According to a federal criminal complaint, Bradley was found in the cab of the tractor trailer by San Antonio Police Sunday Morning. He denied knowing the contents of the truck until he heard from sounds coming from it, wherein he says he tried to offer aid. 

In the complaint, Bradley says he was transporting the trailer from Schaller, Iowa to Brownsville. Bradley said in the complaint he traveled to Laredo to get his truck washed and detailed. 

One of the victims stated in the complaint that he and seven of his relatives had been in a "stash house" in Laredo and were being transported to San Antonio.

The same victim says there were 70 people already on the trailer when they were loaded.  

Update 10:20 a.m.  Federal authorities say a tenth person has died after being discovered in the back of a sweltering tractor trailer early Sunday Morning. 20 were hospitalized in dire condition.

The owner of the truck -- Clearwater, Florida native James Matthew Bradley, Jr. -- is expected to be arraigned at 11 a.m. this morning.

 

Update 5:30 p.m. This story has been updated throughout to reflect new information from the U.S. Department of Justice. 

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Artist Diana Kersey built five towering circular ceramic pieces for VIA's Art in Transit Program at the bustling Five Points area, on Fredericksburg and N. Flores just Northwest of downtown.

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The National Museum of the American Latino Act is legislation to authorize the Smithsonian to create a museum honoring Latino Americans similar to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. While speaking at San Antonio’s Centro de Artes museum this morning Senator John Cornyn said the museum is needed. And the history and culture of American Latinos is ingrained in the fabric of America.

 

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