A phone call from a Walmart employee early Sunday morning led to a very unsettling discovery in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas. Eight dead bodies and 30 people badly injured (17 in critical condition and 13 in serious condition) were found in the trailer, including children.
Twenty people were taken to local hospitals in critical condition, and another eight had “less critical” injuries. The death toll has risen to 10 people following hospital treatments and is sadly expected to climb even higher.
One fire spokesman said, "With heat strokes or heat injuries, a lot of them are going to have some irreversible brain damage." This incident is being referred to as “human trafficking.”
Originally, the identity of the suspect was not revealed to the public. However, a press release states James Matthew Bradley Jr. is a subject and has been identified as the truck driver.
Bradley Jr. is a 60-year-old man from Clearwater, Florida. He was reportedly taken into custody on scene when the truck was found and appeared in court Monday morning. According to WPTV, he has been charged in relation to the death of the 10 people while "illegally transporting immigrants for financial gain." He could possibly be sentenced to the death penalty.
The press release also provides more information on those who passed away, "All of the deceased are adult males." Identities of the victims will not be revealed to the public until all families are notified.
Please continue to pray for the victims of this horrific tragedy. Read additional details on the case here. Thank you!