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Family Mourns Guatemalan Boy Who Died at Border

In a mountain village of Guatemala, the family of Gilberto Ramos is mourning the tragic loss of the boy who died trying to cross the border.

Gilberto Haroldo Ramos Juarez, 11, brother of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, stands in front of his home in San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, on July 1, 2014. Gilberto Francisco's parents confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was 15 years old, and the date was wrong on his birth certificate. In the remote mountains, they had taken several years to register his birth and forgot the date. So they listed the same date as his younger brother.

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Oralis Cifuentes Galicia, center, attends school at the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, on July 1. Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, attended the same school, walking 45 minutes each way, where he went as far as third grade before dropping out.

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Cerapio Ramos, uncle of Ramos Juarez, works in his corn field in San Jose Las Flores on July 1. The community of San Jose Las Flores is where the exuberant beauty of peaks and canyons lay in stark contrast to extreme poverty. There is no running water and only latrines. There is some food, tortillas or wheat atole, an oatmeal-like drink, but never enough.

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Cipriana Juarez Diaz, mother of Ramos Juarez, listens to her husband talk during an interview at their home in San Jose Las Flores on July 1. Juarez Diaz said that she begged her son not to set out on the dangerous journey from their modest cinder block-and sheet-metal home high in the northern Guatemalan mountains.

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A pair of boots and a hat belonging to Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, are shown inside a closet at his home in San Jose Las Flores on July 1. The boy was found with the rosary still around his neck and a brother's Chicago phone number scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle about two weeks ago. He was alone in brush less than a mile from the nearest U.S. home, a South Texas sheriff said Monday.

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Francisco Ramos Diaz, father of Ramos Juarez, shows the boy's clothing at thier home in San Jose Las Flores on July 1.

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A man walks past the community of San Jose Las Flores on July 1, where Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born. Gilberto Francisco and his father, Francisco Ramos, hired themselves out to harvest and clean corn. Things improved when their older brother Esbin reached Chicago and started working as a food preparer in a restaurant, sending $100 to $120 a month when he could afford it.

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