Our search for our mother has come to a tragic end. We are devastated by the loss and ask the community for help with funeral expenses.
Graciela was a hard working woman with big dreams. She was a loving wife and mother to three sons. Always fighting for a chance for a better life for not only herself but for her children to follow. Her dream was to purchase a house, start a business and live her remaining years with her family, grandchildren and friends. She was known as a loving, caring and cheerful person. Those who knew her would describe her as hard working, kind, generous and full of love. Her children were her life and her strength.
Graciela had filed appropriate documentation with USCIS and received her appointment notice to travel to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, MX. Her family and friends were excited over the news and waited for her safe return back to the US. But like many Immigrants she fell victim to an unethical attorney and was left in Mexico. Negligence that could’ve been prevented...
After returning back to the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Tamp, MX, she fell into a depression and felt desperate to be reunited with her children who resided in the US. Her 12 year old son was devastated that his mother was not able to return home with him to the US.
In her desperation to be reunited with her children she crossed the river in Laredo Texas on June 14, 2019 where she was detained by US CBP and given an expedited removal. Again on July 5, 2019, because of the imminent danger in Mexico and the worry for her youngest child, she crossed the river again in Laredo Texas around 7:30 a.m. that morning.
With the help from Julie Contreras of LULAC National Immigration Committee, the search for Graciela went viral.
Unfortunately, our search came to a tragic end.
Graciela will be truly missed by her family, grandchildren and friends. She leaves behind 3 sons and 7 siblings (Jose, Raul, Jesus, Salvador, Reyna, Maximino & Irma) to cherish her memory. She was preceded in death by her father Maximo and mother Rosa.
Her friends state:
“I first met Graciela a few years ago and immediately knew what a nice, caring and unique individual she was. She was a hard working woman who made this world a better place through her kindness. Heaven has gained an angel. She will be missed but not forgotten.” - Michelle
“I remember Graciela as a very friendly, hardworking woman who spent every day working to support her family. Her first priority was always her children and she strived daily to give them a better life. She was admired and loved by all the people who’s lives she touched. She was an excellent cook and a sweet, loving friend. She leaves behind friends who are heartbroken and will miss her. I will never forget her beautiful smile. I will miss her...” - Guadalupe
We would like to thank Julie from LULAC, Graciela’s friends, family, Univision, KGNS, LMT and the community who helped share her story.
May she Rest In Peace.
You may be gone but you will always live in our hearts. Having to live without you will be the hardest step to take. We love you always! We will never forget you and the love you gave us. Until we meet again mother.