The Devil's Highway Characters

List of Characters

Reymundo Barreda
A strong, mature, hard-working man, he decides to go north so that he can expand and reroof his house as a gift for his wife. He was just going for a summer of orange picking.

He has a fifteen-year-old son, Rymundo Jr. who is a good student at the regional school and a star in the soccer league. He decides to go along with his father as a gesture of loyalty ad love. He is the oldest of the group at fifty-six.

Luis Cercas
Luis leads a family of human traffickers in Phoenix, Arizona. He has contracts in Florida, Illinois, and California. His brother is Daniel Cercas who lives in Hidalgo.

Daniel Cercas
He is the brother of Luis Cercas; his alias is “El Chespiro.” Daniel recruits the polleros and the guias for transport of the walkers.

Mike F.
He is a border patrol agent at the Wellton Station in Arizona. He is the first to notice the five surviving men walking near Interstate 8.

Don Moi García
A recruiter for the northern Coyotes, he is said to be yet another relative of the Cercas family, which controls the trafficking from Phoenix.

Mario Castillo Fernandez
A young man of twenty-five, Mario is married to Irma. They have two young children and are facing the prospect of paying for them to go to school.  He thought he could pick oranges in Florida to finance his dream.

Enrique Landeros García
Enrique is a thirty-year-old man who is married to Octavia. Their son is named Alexis. Octavia and Enrique cannot afford to send their son to school. This is the motivation for Enrique traveling north.

Rafael Temich González
A twenty-eight-year-old corn farmer from Apixtla, he takes care of an extended family. In addition to his wife and daughter, he also supports his mother, two sisters, and their four...

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The Devil's Highway Characters

Reymundo Barreda
Reymundo is a mestizo who has an indigenous heritage on his mother’s side. A strong mature, hard-working man, Reymundo decides to go north so that he can earn money to expand and reroof his house as a gift for his wife. With the larger group of walkers, Reymundo thinks he is going for a summer of orange picking. He is the oldest of the group at fifty-six.

Reymundo also has a fifteen-year-old son, Reymundo Jr. who is a good student at the regional school and a star in the soccer league. Reymundo Jr. decides to go along with his father as a gesture of loyalty and love.

Even as he loses hope on the trail he endures to try to save his son, Reymundo Jr. who eventually dies in Reymundo’s arms.

Chespiro (Daniel Lercas)
Chespiro is the brother of Luis Cercas, who leads the human trafficking crime family in Phoenix, Arizona. "Chespirito" is the name of a little red cricket on a Mexican television show. Chespiro never meets with the lower-level guides in the gang face-to-face. He only keeps in contact via cell phone. All of the payments cycle through Chespiro and the payouts also move from him to the guides. He sends people to Sonoita from all over Mexico. Chespiro oversees El Negro and El Moreno.

Mike F.
A border patrol agent at the Wellton Station in Arizona. He is the first to notice the five lost men walking near Interstate 8 out of the light. He questions the men and learns about the other members of their group who are also lost. His call into the station with his report prompts the other Patrol sectors and other agencies to come out in full force to search for the other members of the group. Mike F. and his work (because it is directly tied to the Yuma 14) is described in great detail by Urrea; his example is representative of how the Border Patrol police work in this region.

Mario Castillo Fernandez
A young man of twenty-five, Mario is married to Irma. They have two young children and are facing the prospect of paying for them to go to school.  Mario represents a typical walker—a young man seeking a better life for himself and his family. Mario has worked as a laborer before. He thinks he can pick oranges in Florida, too, to finance his dream. He had worked previously as a coffee and citrus plantation worker.

Don Moi García
Don is a  recruiter for the northern Coyotes; he works in the state of Vera Cruz to find men and women who want to cross the border. He is a walking example of success and the good life. He eats well and has a strong and solid physique, which is in stark contrast to the thin men who seek more food and a better life overall. Don drives a big American car; he is a Robin Hood figure to the men of Vera Cruz. He is said to be yet another relative of the Cercas family, which controls the trafficking from Phoenix.

Enrique Landeros García
He is one of three...

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Lori Steinbach, Ed. Scott Locklear