Tucson group marches to honor migrants who have died

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- For the past decade one group of Tucsonans has walked each year to remember migrants who died along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Saturday they once again gathered up their crosses and courage for the Dia de Los Muertos pilgrimage.

"We walk from this parking lot at St. John's at 12th Avenue and Ajo Way all the way to San Xavier mission," said Kat Rodriguez from Derechos Humanos.  "It's about an 8 mile walk."

A group of more than 80 people gather to take the trek.  Each person carries a cross or two.

"Our goal is to always to have one person per cross.  The crosses are people who died this past year on the border and that number is 183," said Rodriguez.

Andrea Torres lost her brother Rene in October of 2009.  Each step she takes reminds her of him.

"It is hard, but I am happy for him.  He knows that we are here for him.  So, we don't care we walk that far, we know he's going to be happy," said pilgrimage walker Andrea Torres.

The group says the walk honors the memory of all who have died and reminds the public that there could be more deaths.

"This is a human being," Rodriguez said.  "This is somebody that was here, someone that was in our community died.  So, we honor all life."

Last year more than 200 migrants were killed along the U.S.-Mexico border.