It was a touching and a heartbreaking moment when the remains of a man and his 23-month-old daughter, was spotted on Monday at the river bank of Rio Grande. According to reports, the man and his daughters were migrants trying to cross over to America. From the photo, the daughter was tucked inside her father’s black t-shirt with her arm arond his neck, showing that she clung to him in her final moments.
The sadden image was reportedly captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada.
Ukrido, learnt that the man, identified as Ramirez, from El Salvador, was frustrated because the family was unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum. So he decided to swim across the river on Sunday with his daughter, Valeria. He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Tania Vanessa Avalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters. Martinez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away. The account was based on remarks by a tearful Avalos to police at the scene.
His mother, Rosa Ramirez, who spoke to his wife from El Salvador, said;
“When the girl jumped in is when he tried to reach her, but when he tried to grab the girl, he went in further … and he couldn’t get out. He put her in his shirt, and I imagine he told himself, ‘I’ve come this far’ and decided to go with her.”