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02/08/2013

ICE detainee passes away at Conroe Regional Medical Center in Houston

HOUSTON – A Honduran national, who has been in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since Nov. 5, 2012, passed away Friday at Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) due to lymphoma and related complications.

Pablo Ortiz-Matamoros, 25, was transferred to ICE custody from the Harris County Sheriff's Office Nov. 5. On Jan. 29, Ortiz-Matamoros was admitted to CRMC for jaundice, lethargy and weight loss. He passed away Feb. 8 at about 1p.m. (CST).

Ortiz-Matamoros' next of kin was by his side at the time of his passing.

Consistent with ICE protocol, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have also been informed, along with consular officials from Honduras.

Ortiz-Matamoros is the second detainee to pass away in ICE custody in fiscal year 2013.