Times Square billboard claims DHS 'murdered' 7-year-old who died in US custody

An immigrant-rights group on Wednesday announced the launch of a new Times Square billboard that claims the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "murdered" Jakelin Caal, 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in federal custody.

The billboard, which flashes the images of migrants that have died in federal custody, will be on display in New York City's Time Square until January, United We Dream announced in a press release, according to NBC


"Following the death of 7-year-old Jakelin at the border and Trump’s demand of $5 billion for his wall & additional enforcement, @UnitedWeDream launched a new ad in NYC's Times Square calling on elected officials to reject Trump’s demands," the group tweeted. "#DefundHate." 

The billboard displays the faces of Roxsana Hernández, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin and Claudia Patricia Gómez González, all of whom died while they were in immigration custody, NBC reported. 

"Murdered," it says under each of their names.

It also includes a photo of Rosa Maria Hernandez, a 10-year-old who was placed in deportation proceedings last year after undergoing surgery. She was released a month later. "Detained," the billboard says.

The billboard also shows the amount of money that Trump has demanded for the border wall.

Caal's story has drawn national attention as her family's attorneys call for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death earlier this month. 

The government has said Caal died from dehydration and shock. The family's attorneys said they are awaiting autopsy results.