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The last time Reyna Cristina Ical Seb saw her family, she promised them that she would send enough money to fix their small home in a rural Indigenous town in Guatemala. At just 20 years old, she made her way north, crossing several borders before settling in Chicago last October.
Ical Seb was hopeful that she would be able to help her parents after finding a job shortly after arriving in the city, where she had no other family, only colleagues from other towns in her native country.
“She just had many dreams, just like all of us,” said her friend Josue Isaias Caal.
But she couldn’t keep her promise to her parents.
On her birthday, Feb. 22, Ical Seb was found dead in a dark alley in the Little Village neighborhood. She had been killed while making her way home from work, her friend said.
Her death brought together the Guatemalan community in Chicago to raise money to ensure that Reina’s remains could make it back home to her parents, and to honor the sacrifice that the young woman made by migrating to the United States, eager to work.
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