Grisly discovery
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Passengers, driver in the dark *WARNING: EXPLICIT IMAGES*

Grisly discovery
GRISLY DISCOVERY: A Texas Ranger investigates the scene May 14, 2003, at a truck stop near Victoria, Texas. Eighteen illegal immigrants were found dead in the back of a refrigeration truck. A 19th passenger died later. (N.Frudge / San Antonio Express)
Collecting evidence
COLLECTING EVIDENCE: Investigators survey the scene at a truck stop near Victoria, Texas. Scratch marks from panicked passengers are visible on the door of the trailer, abandoned by its driver. An immigrant himself, the driver would later be charged with 58 federal smuggling counts, 20 of which carried potential death sentences. (Steve Ueckert / Houston Chronicle)
Driver
DRIVER: Tyrone Williams signed up for a 45-mile trip, but was told while underway to take the group to Houston, six hours away. (David J. Phillip / AP)
‘El Nino’
‘EL NIÑO’: Marco Antonio Villasenor, 5, with his father shortly before the ill-fated trip. ()
End of a dream
END OF A DREAM: Family members bury Marco Antonio Villasenor, the first and youngest to perish on the truck. He and his father, a Mexico City taxi driver, were coming to live with a relative in the U.S. The boy was eager to learn English, and hoped to become a doctor. (Fernando Castillo / AFP/Getty Images)
Grim anniversary
GRIM ANNIVERSARY: Flowers and gifts pay tribute to the victims at the site off U.S. Highway 77, a year after the bodies were found. (Frank Tilley / AP)
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