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Family Mourns Guatemalan Boy After Body Was Found On The Border
Gilberto Ramos left to get a better life and find epilepsy medication for his mother. His decomposed body was later found.
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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, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Gilberto Francisco's parents confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was 15, 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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Cipriana Juarez Diaz, mother of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, cries during an interview at thier home in San Jose Las Flores, northern Cuchumatanes mountains, Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Gilberto Francisco's mother said Tuesday she begged him not 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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In an undated photo taken with a mobile phone, provided by the Ramos Juarez family, Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez poses in an unidentified location in Guatemala. Ramos Juarez was a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The boy's mother said Tuesday she begged him not 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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Francisco Ramos Diaz, center, father of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, looks on as a neighbor answers a call, at his home in San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The boy's birth certificate says he was 11 years old, but his father said Tuesday that the boy was really 15. 

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Oralis Cifuentes Galicia, center, attends the school of the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 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 Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, works in his corn field in San Jose Las Flores in northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The community of San Jose Las Flores is where the exuberant beauty of peaks and canyons lay in stark contrast to the extreme poverty. There is no running water and only latrines. There is food, tortillas or wheat atole, an oatmeal-like drink, but never enough. 

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A pair of boots and a hat belonging to Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, are shown inside a closet at his home in San Jose Las Flores, northern Cuchumatanes mountains, Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. 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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A view of the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. In this small community Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The cluster of homes in remote Huehuetenango province along the Mexico border is only accessible only on foot along a rocky and often muddy path. Gilberto Francisco walked 45 minutes each way to the school, where he went as far as third grade before dropping out. 

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Two images of the virgin Mary and a rosary hang on a wall at the Ramos Juarez's home in the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. In this small community Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The border patrol had found Gilberto Francisco's decaying body in the Texas desert near the border. He was shirtless, probably having died of heat stroke, and still wearing a white rosary. 

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A truck passes along a path of the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. In this small community Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. San Jose Las Flores is a community where the exuberant beauty of peaks and canyons lay in stark contrast to the extreme poverty. There is no running water and only a latrine.

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Cipriana Juarez Diaz, mother of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, listens to her husband talk, during an interview at their home in San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Juarez Diaz said that she begged her son not 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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Students walk under the rain after school, at the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. In this small community Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. The number of unaccompanied immigrant children picked up along the border has been rising for three years as they flee pervasive gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. More recently, children and parents have said they heard children traveling alone and parents traveling with young kids would be released by authorities and allowed to continue to their destination. 

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Francisco Ramos Diaz, father of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, shows the boy's clothing at thier home in San Jose Las Flores, northern Cuchumatanes mountains, Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. The boy's birth certificate says he was 11 years old, but his father said Tuesday that the boy was really 15. 

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A man walks past the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountainsof Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. In this small community Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. 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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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, answers questions during an interview at his family's home in San Jose Las Flores in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Gilberto Francisco's parents confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he was 15, 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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A view of the community of San Jose Las Flores, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains, Guatemala, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. In this small community Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez was born, a Guatemalan boy whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Gilberto Francisco's mother said Tuesday she begged him not 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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Family Mourns Guatemalan Boy After Body Was Found On The Border

Gilberto Ramos left to get a better life and find epilepsy medication for his mother. His decomposed body was later found.

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