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Boy's death highlights danger of border crossings

July 1, 2014
dsp Associated Press

SAN JOSE LAS FLORES, Guatemala (AP) — The parents of a young Guatemalan migrant whose body was found in the Texas desert say he was 15 years old, not 11.

The father, Francisco Ramos Diaz, says his son Gilberto's birth certificate carried the date of his younger brother.

The family lives in the remote highlands of Guatemala and took several years to register the birth of Gilberto. Because the parents couldn't remember the exact date of his birth, they gave the same date for both young sons, who became listed as twins.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra in Texas has said a pathologist originally estimated the boy was a teenager after his body was found June 15. But authorities listed his age as 11 after receiving a copy of the birth certificate.



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