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Permanent memorial proposed for site where more than 50 migrants were found dead in sweltering trailer

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The city of San Antonio is considering the placement of a permanent memorial after more than 50 migrants died in a hot trailer left on the side of the road. 

The late June incident killed 53 migrants in San Antonio, Texas, and 64 people total were left trapped in the hot trailer. Since then, locals and family members of the deceased have been visiting the site to leave flowers, pictures, and other trinkets in honor of those who died. Now, the city is considering turning the site into a permanent memorial for those who have passed. 

“I’ve had a couple of private companies already say that they’re interested in helping support a permanent memorial, which is reassuring that the extended community wants to do this as well,” said District 4 Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia to News 4 SA.

Garcia says the city manager is also in support of the idea, but no specific plans will be made until the city gets input from the community. The city hopes to begin with legitimate plans for the memorial by the fall. 

For now, the city is already working with stakeholders to get permission for the erection of a permanent memorial on the site where the trailer was found, as well as with nonprofits and philanthropists to help fund the permanent site.

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