The shocking image captured Monday was a grim reminder of the dangerous journey migrants take to the United States. Oscar Alberto Martinez had crossed the Rio Grande and turned around to get his wife when his 23-month-old daughter saw him swimming and jumped after him, a journalist says.
Julia Le Duc, the photographer who captured the image of the couple, wrote for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada.
The newspaper talked to the man's wife, Tania, who said she saw her husband and child drown Sunday. Their bodies were found on the Mexican side of Rio Grande.
Their bodies were found Monday near Matamoros, across the river from Brownsville, Texas
They had spent months waiting for asylum
The family had been waiting in a migrant camp in Matamoros for an appointment to receive political asylum from the US, the newspaper said, citing Martinez's wife.
] After two months of waiting in scorching heat – temperatures climbed to 113 degrees Fahrenheit at times – the family decided to cross the river out of desperation, La Jornada reported. The victim's wife said they had received a humanitarian visa from the Mexican government.