( Spanish) — The Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection of Mexico reported in a statement that the repatriation of the bodies of the 40 people who died during the fire on March 27 at the immigration station in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua began.
The institution explained that the repatriation began this Friday with the arrival in Bogotá of the body of the Colombian migrant who died in the act.
He added that the bodies of the seven Salvadoran victims will be transferred by land this Saturday, while the 11 Guatemalans already identified will be returned to their families in that country next week.
The Secretariat added that the bodies of six migrants from Honduras have yet to be recognized by their families.
He added that Venezuelan authorities will send personnel specialized in fingerprints next Tuesday to verify the identification of people.
The statement detailed that there are still at least 16 people hospitalized in different health centers, five of which are considered serious patients.
The Attorney General of the Republic began an investigation into the facts. According to the Mexican government, pretrial detention has already been ordered against six people in this case: three immigration agents, two from a private security company that operated said center, and a migrant accused of starting the fire.