According to figures from the United States Border Patrol and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in 2021, 650 people died in the Rio Grande, between Mexico and the United States. However, cases continue to rise.
Last April 12, a Colombian died in the Rio Bravo, when he was crossing the border between Mexico and the United States with his wife and seven-year-old daughter to fulfill the well-known “American dream”.
The man, who was identified as 34-year-old Jonathan Betancourt, was carrying his daughter on his men, and put her to safety. Then he went for his wife, but the current of the Rio Bravo swept him away and disappeared. Days later, his body appeared near the city of Piedras Negras, in Mexico.
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Jonathan Betancourt’s sister spoke to El Tiempo and said that “my little hand, my friend, my counselor, my accomplice, my greatest connection, what we felt was always inexplicable, only the two of us understood it, you are the greatest hero in the world, You were always there for me, fighter and dreamer without limits”.
The The family of the Colombian who died on the border between Mexico and the United States is awaiting the process of repatriation of the body.