x
Breaking News
More () »

San Antonio's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | San Antonio, Texas | KENS5.com

Local advocates remember 7-yr-old migrant who died in custody, call for change

The advocates who gathered in San Antonio said they want justice for her death, and called for better treatment for minors in custody.

SAN ANTONIO — Parishioners at an Alamo City church held a vigil Thursday for the 7-year-old girl who died in border patrol custody.

The San Antonio Mennonite Church hosted the vigil to memorialize Jakelin Caal Maquin, who died after she and her father traveled to the U.S. border with a large group of migrants. They had turned themselves over to authorities in New Mexico earlier in December.

Eight hours after being taken into custody, however, Jakelin started having seizures. She was airlifted to an El Paso hospital, and later died.

The advocates who gathered in San Antonio said they want justice for her death, and called for better treatment for minors in custody.

"We wanted to have a showing of solidarity here tonight to say to her family that we mourn with them, and we hope that the country can do better," one vigil attendee said.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of her death.