Fleeing threats, Nelson Espinal traveled to the US. One week after he was deported, he was shot dead

Several days after Nelson Espinal slipped across the US southern border, he called his family back in Honduras from inside a US detention center.

“Tell Mom not to worry – I’m applying for asylum,” Espinal, 28, told his sister Patricia, who recounted the December phone call with tears streaming down her sun-scarred cheeks. “We must pray to God that they give it to me. I told them I can’t go back to Honduras because if I go back, they’re going to kill me.”

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