Mourning girls burned to death in Guatemala shelter
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Family members react as they wait for news of their loved ones after a fire broke at the Virgen de Asuncion home in San Jose Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Guatemala. The blaze that has killed at least 37 and maimed others at an overcrowded Guatemalan shelter for abused teens broke out in a tiny room they were locked in to control them after a riot at the center, authorities and witnesses said.
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The coffin of Madelin Patricia Hernandez is seen during her wake in Guatemala City. The Virgen de la Asuncion home houses youths up to 18 years old on the pine-wooded outskirts of the municipality of San Jose Pinula, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of the capital Guatemala City. Its residents are an unusual mix of victims of violence and young offenders, with children with disabilities in another wing.
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A family member places a candle outside the morgue where the bodies of victims are located. The Virgen de la Asuncion center has a history of abuse accusations documented by Guatemalan media. Over the last three years more than 250 of its residents have fled, newspaper reports said.
Daniel, 16, survivor of the fire, exits the Virgen de Asuncion home. The government has sacked the director of the Virgen de la Asuncion home, temporarily closed the center, declared three days of mourning and vowed to reform a childcare system that experts say is critically underfunded.
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Family and friends cry at the funeral of Rosa Julia Tobar in Guatemala City.