Joshua Tejada wasn’t quite sure if he would ever return to El Salvador, as he, his parents and his uncle’s wife were leaving for the United States. The eight-year-old had only one wish: his parrot would be taken care of.
The family’s search for the American dream was tragically cut short when police discovered the bodies of Tejada, his mother Yeni Dubón, his father Medardo Tejada and Dubón’s sister-in-law on the side of a road in the Salvadoran Pacific port city of La Libertad on Sunday morning. after they were allegedly killed by the smugglers they contracted.
‘Tomorrow I’m going to the United States; I don’t know if I’ll be back,” a neighbor recalled, according to the digital outlet ElSalvador.com. “Please take care of Estrellita.”
Neighbors in Nueva Concepción, Chalatenango, recalled talking to the family, who told them the smugglers had asked them to meet at a local gas station at 4 a.m. But for unknown reasons, the meeting time was changed to 01:00 AM.
The bodies of the boy and his parents were discovered the next day lying side by side on a patch of earth surrounded by bushes 100 miles away in La Libertad.
Dubon’s sister-in-law, who has not been named by authorities, was nearby.
Yeni Dubón (left), her husband Medardo Tejada (center) and the couple’s eight-year-old son Joshua Tejada (right) were found dead along with Dubón’s sister-in-law in La Libertad, El Salvador. According to the Salvadoran digital news channel ElSalvador.com, the family had enlisted the help of smugglers to help them get to the United States. No arrests have been made
The bodies of Yeni Dubón, Medardo Tejada, Joshua Tejada and four people identified as Dubón’s sister-in-law were discovered on Sunday in bushes in La Libertad.
As of Thursday, authorities had not yet made any arrests in connection with the shocking killings.
Residents told ElSalvador.com that the couple was looking to reunite with their mothers, who had immigrated to the United States several years ago.
Medardo Tejada had been arrested several times for illegally crossing the border between the United States and Mexico.
His recent attempt to enter the United States resulted in him serving five months in custody before being expelled to El Salvador and vowing never to try again.
DailyMail.com contacted US Customs and Border Protection to confirm the dates that Tejada had been detained.
The dream of migrating to the United States ended in tragedy for four Salvadorans when they were found dead in La Libertad, El Salvador, on Sunday. Yeni Dubón, her boyfriend Medardo Tejada, the son of the Joshua Tejadas, and four individuals identified as Dubón’s sister-in-law met their smugglers at 1 a.m. Saturday at a gas station in Nueva Concepción. Authorities have not yet made any arrests
Vehicles join the coffins containing the bodies of four Salvadoran migrants who were killed in La Libertad, Salvador on Sunday.
According to neighbors, Tejada worked as a day labourer. Dubón helped support the family by doing makeup, selling clothes and snacks.
Their son was always seen in the village park playing with other children and tending the cows they raised with his father and grandfather on the father’s side.
“When someone does something wrong, the community always notices,” said one villager. ‘But they weren’t; they were both fighters.’
According to the latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection monthly southwestern border released Sept. 16, there have been 1,541,651 border crossing encounters since Oct. 1, 2020, the start of fiscal year 2021 ending Sept. 30. without legal documents.
In the month of August, Border Police officers counted 208,887 bans on migrants, including 12,656 with Salvadorans.