TUCSON, Ariz. (Gray News) – Arizona police said a Mexican woman died after attempting to enter the United States illegally earlier this week.
Cochise County Sheriff Mark J. Dannels reports that deputies responded to a call from Mexican authorities around 11:00 p.m. Monday regarding a woman working at a border fence near Douglas, Ariz. stuck.
According to the sheriff’s office, the woman was climbing over the border wall when she became caught in the ropes of a harness and was trapped upside down for an extended period of time.
The 32-year-old was taken to a local hospital but was pronounced dead. Arizona authorities said they had notified the Mexican consulate of the incident.
An autopsy will be performed to determine the woman’s cause of death and the sheriff’s office said its investigation is continuing.
“These incidents are not political; They are humanitarian realities that someone has lost a loved one in a senseless tragedy,” said Sheriff Dannels. “We need to get better at finding solutions to the challenges our border faces, and we need to do it for the right reasons. Regardless of opinion, facts should guide our progress and we will continue to work towards a common goal of border security.”
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