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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Brothers face charges in immigrant's death

Brothers face charges in immigrant's death

Deming-AP) -- Two Mexican brothers are being held in the death of a 32-year-old Mexican woman who collapsed in the desert near Columbus.

Her death marks New Mexico's first documented case of the year in which an illegal immigrant died while crossing the border.

U-S Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said 27-year-old Humberto Chavira Ordones and 26-year-old Baldomero Chavira Ordones face smuggling resulting in death charges.

The woman's name is being withheld because her family has not been notified.

She was found Friday afternoon on a county road in southern Luna County after a member of her group notified a rancher.

She died en route to a hospital. A Border Patrol helicopter helped agents track 13 other immigrants in the desert from footprints found where the woman was left.

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