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Walk set to honor fallen migrants

Citizen Staff Report
Nov. 2, 2001

In celebration of the Day of the Dead, a local immigrant advocate group plans to walk 7.8 miles tomorrow to honor those who died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Dia de los Muertos event starts at 8:30 a.m. at St. John's Church, 602 W. Ajo Way, and will end about noon at San Xavier Mission, south of the city near Interstate 19.

The pilgrimage "will be especially significant, given the record number of known deaths, at least 101, along the Arizona-Sonora border during the last fiscal year," said Isabel Garcia, who co-chairs Coalicion de Derechos Humanos. The fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

"We walk to honor those who gave their lives in search of work to provide for their families and to bear witness to the results of our deadly border policies," she said.

The event will pay special tribute to 14 Mexican migrants who died in a single crossing near Yuma in May. It will also remember victims of hate-driven violence, Garcia said.

In Mexico, it is believed that last night is when the spirits of deceased children return, and the rest of the dead are believed to come back today.

For more information, call 770-1373.