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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Bobby Kerlik
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Age: 25

Residence: Duquesne University, Uptown

Family: Parents, Andrew and Janet; sisters, Jessica, 23, Kathryn, 22; brother, Christian, 20

Background: Witchger is a senior at Duquesne with a double major in physics and computer science. He previously traveled the world with his family as part of the Shaelaurel Band.

Noteworthy: He was selected for a prestigious grant study program with the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute for Nuclear Physics-Italy this past summer.

Quote: “I was very, very excited. It was an incredible experience.”

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