A tenth victim found inside a stifling tractor-trailer that was discovered packed with immigrants outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas during the weekend died overnight, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The driver of the truck, 60-year-old James Matthew Bradley, Jr., has been charged with transporting illegal aliens in an alleged human smuggling case.
Here’s what we know so far about how the incident and how it unfolded.
Someone from the truck approached a Walmart employee and asked for water late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said. The employee gave the person water and then called police.
San Antonio police officers responded to the Walmart “shortly after midnight” Sunday, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) release.
A police officer saw “a number of people standing and lying in the rear of the trailer, and the driver, Bradley, in the cab,” it said. Bradley said he didn’t know the trailer had people inside, that he “discovered them only when he exited the vehicle to relieve himself” and he tried to administer aid, according to the release.
San Antonio police said that they "found eight deceased persons and 30-40 others, all undocumented aliens," it said.
The temperature in the Texas city hit 101 degrees on Saturday and didn’t go below 90 degrees until after 10 p.m. The truck didn’t have working air conditioning, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said.
What do we know about the people in the truck?
Eight bodies were found by authorities inside the 18-wheeler, while another two people died at the hospital. The ten dead victims are adult men, San Antonio Patch reported.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents spoke to some of the people who had been in the trailer, who "described how they had been smuggled across the Rio Grande River near Laredo at different times and as part of different groups," the DOJ release said, adding that the groups were gathered in the trailer Sunday.
“To maximize their criminal profits, these human smugglers crammed more than 100 people into a tractor trailer in the stifling Texas summer heat resulting in ten dead and 29 others hospitalized,” Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said in a statement.
Officials said 39 people were inside when rescuers arrived, and the rest were believed to have escaped or hitched rides to their next destination.
Two of the seven people who arrived at University Hospital in San Antonio on Sunday have been discharged, spokesman Don Finley said. Finley said four men and one woman remain at the hospital, in conditions ranging from good to critical.
At the San Antonio Military Medical Center on the Fort Sam Houston Army post, spokeswoman Elaine Sanchez said all five patients admitted to the hospital Sunday remain in treatment.
None of the patients admitted to various Baptist Health System hospitals in San Antonio have been discharged, spokeswoman Patti Tanner said.
A spokesman for Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said one of the victims who died was 20-year-old Frank Guisseppe Fuentes Gonzales. Two other Guatemalans, ages 17 and 23, survived and were said to be in stable condition.
Survivor Adan Lalravega, 27, said he lost consciousness while sweating profusely without water inside the pitch-black compartment without any ventilation — and awoke in a San Antonio hospital bed.
Lalravega told The Associated Press on Monday that people cried and pleaded for water and that he heard children’s voices whimper. He said smugglers who hid him and six friends in a safe house in Laredo, Texas, claimed they’d be riding in an air-conditioned space.
The trip from Laredo to San Antonio is about two hours. Lalravega said he and his friends got in the trailer between 10 and 11 p.m. He also said that he never saw the truck driver and was never offered water. He said they were being charged $5,500 for the trip and the money was never collected.
Four of the migrants found alive in the tractor-trailer come from Calvillo, Mexico.
What about the driver?
Bradley, Jr., of Clearwater, Fla., has been charged with one count of transporting illegal aliens, according to the DOJ, which said a "federal alien smuggling charge" was filed against Bradley.
Bradley was questioned by authorities and claimed to have been “traveling from Laredo to San Antonio, after having the tractor-trailer washed and detailed at a truck stop near Laredo,” according to the DOJ release.
Bradley said he was taking the truck to its new owner in Brownsville, Texas, the criminal complaint said.
Bradley claimed he heard “banging and shaking in the trailer” when he got out of the cab at the Walmart, and he told investigators “he went to open the doors and was surprised when he was run over by ‘Spanish’ people and knocked to the ground,” the complaint added.
Bradley said he saw bodies on the floor and that he knew at least one person was dead, according to the complaint. Bradley said he contacted his wife, who didn’t pick up, but that he didn’t contact 911, the document said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
The San Antonio Spurs reached agreement on a contract with free agent forward/center Joffrey Lauvergne, The Vertical reported Monday. Photo courtesy of The Vertical/Twitter
Details of his deal with the Spurs were unavailable, but apparently the Spurs felt they needed another big man.
LaMarcus Aldridge appeared to be on the trading block at one point, and Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon and David Lee are free agents. Gasol reportedly is likely to re-sign with the Spurs, however.
The 6-foot-11 Lauvergne, 25, is a versatile player, but he averaged just 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds while splitting the 2016-17 season between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Bulls.
San Antonio is a city full of rich history and adventure. There are various things that can be done while in this city. Not only does it offer a lot of different activities and things to do, but it is actually considered one of the most affordable destinations in the entire country. In fact, U.S News and World Report ranks it as number 2 on their Best Affordable Destinations in the USA list and #12 in their Best Weekend Getaways list. Throughout this particular article, we will be discussing some of the top tips for traveling to San Antonio.
Tips For Traveling:
1. Plan Early.
When you are considering traveling to just about anywhere, you will want to be sure to plan ahead. By planning ahead and early, you will not only be able to effectively save a good amount of money, but you will be able to guarantee that you are able to travel during the dates that you want to travel. This is ultimately going to make it much easier to go on your trip without having to worry about places price gouging you because you are planning too late and you likely have limited options available to you.
2. Look At Best Times To Visit.
When it comes to San Antonio, you will want to stick to traveling to the city when it is not overly crowded, expensive, and when the weather is considered good. The best months to visit San Antonio would have to be January through April and from November to December. It would be wise to avoid traveling from May to October because the temperatures are typically not the greatest and the prices are going to be much higher during these times.
By following the tips above, you should be able to not only save money on your trip but have a great time as well.
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Jan 28, 2017; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Derrick White (21) after the game against the Oregon Ducks at Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Ducks 74-65. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs selected Derrick White with the 29th overall pick in the NBA draft. Here are five reasons why White was a good selection for the Spurs.
Thursday night the San Antonio Spurs added another multi-dimensional talent to their roster late in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Derrick White is a 6’5″, 190-pound guard who could play multiple positions for the Spurs in time.
White played just the one season at Colorado after transferring, but he sure made that year count. He averaged 18.3 points, 4.3 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. His ability to stuff the stat sheet immediately at the Division I level bodes well for his ability to transfer his game to the NBA. He may never excel in any one aspect of the game, but has enough skill all around to make an impact.
Only time will tell what White’s role will be with the team. With multiple free agents in the backcourt he could see minutes right away. Or we could see him playing spot minutes and making a key play or two every game, just like most Spurs rookies do.
With that in mind, here are five reasons Derrick White was a good pick for the San Antonio Spurs.
May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) high fives guard Patty Mills (8) after a play against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
This summer, Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills and Jonathon Simmons will all be free agents. This is basically the team’s second unit on the perimeter that are all free to walk away.
While it is likely San Antonio can retain one of these players, keeping all three could be a stretch, as Ginobili could retire and Mills and Simmons will draw big money. In the event all three are not in a Spurs uniform in 2017-18, White could be a pretty important piece on next season’s team.
Right now White is a combo guard, who has the passing and IQ to play the point, and the size and shooting to play the 2. But in the evolving NBA where positions are more often categorized as point guards, wings and bigs, White could end up playing all over the court.
With Dejounte Murray lying in wait, White may only need to play spot minutes at point guard this year. But if Simmons and/or Ginobili decide to go in a different direction, there will be minutes to go around.
Dec 7, 2016; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Derrick White (21) attempts a successful three point attempt over Xavier Musketeers guard Edmond Sumner (4) in the final seconds of the second half at the Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Musketeers 68-66. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Today’s NBA is so reliant on role players who can shoot from deep. As mentioned previously, Ginobili and Mills are free agents this year. They were also two of the team’s best three-point shooters last season. Even if the Spurs were able to keep both players, you can never have enough shooting on your team, and that’s where White can help out.
Last season at Colorado, White shot 40 percent from behind the arc with nearly two makes per game. There is no reason for him to not find that same success at the next level, with a quick, high release he should be able to get those shots up.
He can also make his shots off the dribble or in catch-and-shoot situations. Playing out of the pick-and-roll a lot last year, White can make defenders pay for going under the screen. But his ability as a spot-up shooter will likely be more important in the Spurs’ offense, which involves ball movement creating open looks.
Dec 7, 2016; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Bryce Peters (23) and forward Wesley Gordon (1) and guard Thomas Akyazili (0) and guard Derrick White (21) and forward Lucas Siewert (25) celebrate the win over the Xavier Musketeers at the Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Musketeers 68-66. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Upside is not really a word you attribute to a 23-year-old rookie, but White is a different case. He played just the lone season at the D-I level this year after transferring. For him to step on the court for the first time and fill up the stat sheet the way he did in one year, it gives a similar feel as a successful 19-year-old freshman might.
White’s potential is not just measured by how he can improve his game, but also what playing for the Spurs can do for him. White is not the most athletic player on the court, and he does not have superb length.
But it was thanks to his basketball IQ that he averaged 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game in spite of that. He also was able to get to the basket for looks at the rim, despite not being the fastest or bounciest player on the court. For a player who thrives off of awareness and good basketball instincts to join the San Antonio Spurs, it’s almost just not fair.
White is going to learn a ton playing for this team. He is also going to be put into position to score, defend well and create for others. Constantly being put in position to succeed will eventually allow White to put himself in those positions, thus making him a better player.
Feb 23, 2017; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes guard Derrick White (21) reacts during the second half against the Utah Utes at the Coors Events Center. The Utes defeated the Buffaloes 86-81. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
White did not have your typical journey to the NBA. He didn’t even have a typical journey to college basketball. As a 6’0″ combo guard in high school, he had zero scholarships from Division I schools. He got a late offer from a Division II university to come play basketball on a partial scholarship. Partial.
There are 16- and 17-year-olds out there who know they will go to a top school for free for one year then go to the NBA, and Derrick White was getting a single, partial offer for Division II.
His humble beginnings forced White to keep working hard, and that likely won’t change now that he’s made it. These traits will be important for being a Spur, as it is known egos get checked at the door day one. If he stays true to these characteristics he should fit with the team nicely moving forward.
Jan 28, 2017; Boulder, CO, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Dillon Brooks (24) and guard Casey Benson (2) defend Colorado Buffaloes guard Derrick White (21) in the second half at Coors Events Center. The Buffaloes defeated the Ducks 74-65. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
What White’s skills all really boil down to is that he’s versatile. He can do a little bit of everything on the basketball court. He scores at all three levels, can create offense, uses his size for rebounds and is a good defender when engaged.
One of the most valued positions in the NBA is a two-way wing. In the position-less NBA we talk about, you want these guys situated between your point guard and big man. White is cut from this type of cloth that people are looking for. He doesn’t have quite the length or athleticism people normally think of in this role, but the skills are there.
His offense is already there for this role. He is a good shooter who knows when to rip through and go at the basket. If he doesn’t have a shot, he can keep the ball moving or get someone a better look with his passing ability. Defensively he still has a little work to do. His 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game show he can make plays, but he will have to learn how to defend the bigger, more athletic wings players in the league.
He’s still young, and relatively “inexperienced” with the single year at Division I. But playing with the Spurs will give him the chance to come into his own as a player. He has enough talent to make an impact right away, but in time could become a starter for a very good team.
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What about small apartment rentals?
The real estate industry comes in different tastes and designs, all geared towards the interest of the clients. For that reason, the industry has small apartment rentals. These are single roomed apartments that, in some cases, are divided into living space and sleeping space. Some have an en suite bathroom and kitchen.
Due to their small sizes, the efficiency apartments for rent are designed for individuals or very small groups of around 2 to 4 persons. They are very popular with tourists and technocrats on visit to this city.
Apartments for rent San Antonio are classified depending on a number of factors. These are the factors that define the value of the various apartments, be they large or small apartment rentals. These factors include, but are not limited to:
• Monetary value
• Closeness to the city
An understanding of these aspects is critical in choosing the right apartments. We have provided you all the relevant details on each aspect as below:
The value of an apartment depends on the sum total of the various market forces in play. The various amenities available also add to the end monetary value of the apartment. This final value defines the rental rates for apartments. Some of the amenities that may be provided in some apartments for rent in San Antonio include:
• Car parking space
• Allowing for pets
• Allowing for smoking
• Provision for cooking
In some apartments you could find the whole package of amenities, inclusive of others. In others however, you may find none. It is all dependent on a number of tastes of the target clients.
Seasonality is used here to mean the various business cycles so that we talk of peak season and low season. Peak season is synonymous with high demands while low seasons are marked by low demands. This translates to high pricing of apartments for rent in San Antonio in the high season and the converse applies in the low seasons.
Just to add something on seasonality; high season comes during festive seasons when there are many tourists and foreigners seeking accommodation. Low season comes when tourists’ numbers plummets.
Closeness to the city
Small apartment rentals, that are close or within San Antonio, are valued differently compared to those in far flung areas of the city. Demand for apartments also rises as you tend close to the city. This is to say that apartments are affordable far from the city. Remember affordability is relative because it depends on one’s financial muscle.
Why are small apartment rentals very popular?
These apartments are among the most cherished and sought after in San Antonio. The comfort and affordability that comes with the same are very key aspects in explaining their popularity. Additionally, they are available for rent even for very short durations.
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Choosing the best among the many Apartments for rent in San Antonio can be quite tricky? Find tips on how to get just what fits you best right here….
Apartments for rent in San Antonio come in different dimensions and size. All this is tailored towards meeting the needs of clients. Studio apartments are among the best rated in the industry. Together with the small apartment rentals, the studio apartments in San Antonio have a unique appeal to many.
Must-know tips about Apartments for rent in San Antonio
Needless to mention; San Antonio has a very large population of residents seeking proper housing apartments. This article has some very essential tips that are beneficial on how to choose the best apartments.
Studio apartments in San Antonio are typically single roomed with an en suite kitchen and bathroom. These apartments are very popular with foreigners and tourists, thanks to their affordability. The small apartment rentals, just like the studio apartments, have increased in demand in the recent times.
What to consider when seeking an apartment in San Antonio
When it comes to seeking an apartment, settle for nothing less than the best. To find your apartment of choice there are particular considerations to make. These are the life blood of the industry. They include the following:
• Price trends
• Available amenities
• Peak and low season.
There are other considerations, apart from the above mentioned. In this article however, we will particularly deal with these 4.
The price trends
The price trends for Apartments for rent in San Antonio are determined by a number of factors: demand and supply, proximity to the city and the amenities available. Essentially, this is like an umbrella factor that is shaped by all the other factors in the industry.
For instance, studio apartments that are far from the city are cheaper compared to those within and around the city. Apartments with many amenities are valued higher than those with fewer or none. Small apartment rentals are valued higher because most of them are located within the city.
Different Apartments for rent San Antonio have different provisions for amenities. This is often dictated by the needs of their target clients. Some of these include; provision for pets, provision for smoking provision for cooking and many more.
Some of the rental apartments have all these amenities in a single package. Others have but a few while others have none at all.
Peak and low seasons
Apartments for rent in San Antonio have their peak and low seasons. The seasons are very similar to those witnessed in the tourism sector. The peak comes during the festive season when tourists come on holiday. The reverse is true for low season.
The location of an apartment from the city is very important in determining aspects like accessibility and pricing. Apartments in far flung regions are less accessible compared to those within the city. This same trend translates to cheaper apartments as one tends to the margins of the city.
There are various Apartments for rent in San Antonio. Choosing the best depends on individual tastes, desires and ability..
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The choice of an apartment for rent comes with consideration of a number of factors. These factors are the determinants that define one’s choice of quality, taste and liking. Apartments for rent in San Antonio can be classified in terms of:
• Price range
• Number of bedrooms
• The available amenities
When we mention location in efficiency apartments for rent we imply proximity to the San Antonio; how far the rental apartment is from the city? This will mean much in terms of access to the main city and its related services. There are holiday apartments that are located far from San Antonio, those that are just in the outskirts and those rental flats that are right within the city. You have to be certain about your choice of location.
In terms of capacity we mean the size of the apartment. Is it designed for individuals or groups? You must consider this aspect because apartments for rent San Antonio come in different capacity models; the family or group capacity model, the individual model and many more. The capacity of the apartment is also defined by the number of individuals who can share the flat at any one time. This is a very critical aspect of rental apartments in San Antonio.
Like all rental flats world over, Efficiency apartments for rent vary in price. Many factors determine the pricing of different apartments in San Antonio. Proximity to the city is one main consideration. Apartments in far flung regions are relatively cheaper compared to those closest to the city. Another consideration is season. There is the peak season and the low season. Apartment prices rise and fall depending on these seasonal variations with peak season recording the highest. The converse is true for low seasons. Knowledge of the right price range is vital in choosing your perfect fit.
Number of bedrooms
This one is very much related to the capacity, though they point to different directions. Apartments for rent in San Antonio have different number of rooms depending on the needs of their target clients. Those that target families and groups definitely have provision for many bedrooms compared to those that target individuals.
The available amenities
Studio apartments for rent have provisions for different amenities. Some of these include:
• Swimming pools/ Jacuzzi
• Car parking
• Allowing for pets
• High speed internet connectivity
These are but a few of the amenities provided. Take note that each rental apartment in San Antonio has its specifications of the amenities they provide. Ask for a detailed overview of the various amenities available at a particular rental apartment.
These are some of the factors that should inform one’s choice of apartments for rent in San Antonio. The list of high end apartments is inexhaustible. Considering these factors, you can make a choice of an apartment that fully meets your needs..
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What about studio apartments in San Antonio?
To fully understand the concept of studio apartments in San Antonio it is vital that we begin from the very basic definition. Studio apartments are single rooms that combing living space and sleeping space. The latest types feature separate bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen.
Enough of the definition. Now, finding the best rental apartments can be quite an uphill task, especially if one has no adequate information on the same. In this article we have detailed everything that relates to quality apartments for rent San Antonio.
What you ought to know about studio apartments in San Antonio
San Antonio is one of the most populous cities in Texas, USA. For this and other reasons, it has one of the most competitive real estate sectors world over. It is therefore imperative that one knows the various definitive features of studio apartments.
Among the standout features San Antonio’s studio apartments are:
• the pricing models
• accessibility factor
• seasonality aspect
These are the key factors that run the entire industry all year round.
The pricing models
Pricing is at the very heart of success in any business field. In San Antonio’s real estate sector pricing is subject to trends in the market. Demand and supply also mean much in the nature of the models chosen and the overall prices of studio apartments in San Antonio. Evidently, the pricing model used is defined by many factors prevailing in the industry. The choice of an apartment is therefore dependent on one’s financial capacity and ability.
Apartments for rent in San Antonio are located at different regions in and around the city. This aspect of location impacts directly on accessibility. Accessibility in this case implies ease of access to the city.
Studio apartments located far from the city tend to be less competitive compared to those within the confines of San Antonio. On the other hand, the city is more accessible from the studio apartments within compared to those without. The choice is yours to make; whether you want apartments close to the city or far from it.
Like every other industry, there are times of the year when the demand for real apartments sky rocket. This is the peak season and is often marked by rise in prices. Peak seasons come with a rise in number of tourists and other foreigners seeking accommodation in San Antonio. Then there is the low season that is marked by a fall in prices. It is quite the parallel of tourism industry’s low season.
There are numerous apartments for rent in San Antonio. The choice of one depends on a careful consideration of the various trends and factors that define the industry. We have just provided you with the details you ought to know of as far as the industry is concerned..