Our Lady of Sorrows holds a memorial mass for the undocumented immigrants who died 18 years ago

It is considered the deadliest smuggling incident in United States history

VICTORIA, Texas – Our Lady of Sorrows held a memorial mass  Saturday morning for the undocumented immigrants who tragically died on May 14, 2003.

Eighteen years ago, near a truck stop off Fleming Prairie road and Refugio Highway in Victoria, sheriff’s deputies discovered 70 people trapped inside a truck trailer.

Nineteen of the 70 people would die of dehydration, overheating and suffocation.

About 30 Victoria residents came together in prayer at the Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in tribute to the people who lost their lives seeking a better life.

We spoke with Father Jacob Koether on the importance of remembering those undocumented immigrants who lost their lives 18 years ago.

“It’s important for us to do this every year so that we never forget what happened we never forget the names and the people who went through this situation, through this terrible tragedy,” Father Jacob said.

To help undocumented immigrants in need, Call the Texas Immigrants Rights hotline at 1 (833) 468-4664