(CNN)My grandmother put her head in her hands and began to sob.
"She didn't have to suffer," Adela Aguilar shook her head, remembering the moment her granddaughter said goodbye last month.
At the age of 28, Adela Ramirez made a big decision. She left Cuyamel, a small town in northwestern Honduras, for the United States.
"I told her-"Don't go. Here you live well. Here you live and work everywhere, "Aguilar told CNN-affiliated TV Centro. Told.
Still, Aguilar said she was convinced that her granddaughter could find a better life in the United States where her mother and her sisters already lived. rice field.
Investigators continue to work to identify victims that a Homeland Security agent has called the worst trafficking incident in US history. At least 53 people have died and some victims may be under the age of 18.
Authorities say migrants from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras have died. And in a community thousands of miles away from San Antonio, devastated families are beginning to come forward to share stories about their loved ones.
The two brothers were excited to find a job in the United States and send money to their mother
Karen Caballero told reporters, his son. They said their trip to the United States was envisioned to be the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.
Authorities said her sons Fernando Joseredon do Caballero (18 years old) and Alejandro Miguel Andino Cavalero (23 years old) were among the victims. .. Alejandro's wife, Margie Tamara Pas Grajera, 25, has also died.
Caballero told reporters in front of her home in Las Vegas, Honduras, how much she loved her sons.
"For me, my son has always been the most beautiful child in my world," she said.
"Win and stay focused," she told them before they left.
"Someone told me,'Watch TV'. And I saw, and I said, my boy is there."
She sent a text message to her friend that she had accomplished it across national borders.
"We were like sisters," said her best friend Claudia Vallecillo.
"I can't believe the news," Ramirez said when he showed the house where he lived with her mother and sister to TV Centro.
Ramirez's recent birthday celebration balloons are still in the living room near the motorcycle she was riding. Sandals and high heels line the walls of her bedroom. The pile of photos contains a 2015 image of a graduate of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Institute in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, which specializes in business administration.
"I'm here, and seeing her makes me even more sick," said Vallecillo.
Ramirez's mother and her sisters all left for the United States within the past year or so, her family told Televicentro.
And Ramirez left to join them last month, Vallecillo said. The two friends were in contact throughout her journey.
On Monday morning, Ramirez sent a series of text messages asking Valecillo to keep her secret.
"I'm in America right now ... but don't tell anyone," she wrote.
"Now I'm going to be with my mom and my sister," Vallecillo says Ramírez told her.
However, Ramirez did not have the opportunity to reunite with her family. Later that day, the truck was found in San Antonio.
When they mourn, Valesillo says that Ramirez's loved ones want to help the authorities return her body to her hometown.
"We ask the government to help us and send us her body so that we can bury her here," she said.