A 34-year-old Mexican national died in an Ohio hospital Thursday while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — marking the seventh death of an ICE detainee since October.
David Hernandez Colula was found unresponsive in his cell at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown, the agency said in a statement Friday. The migrant, who was in ICE custody since early December, was pronounced dead around 2 a.m. Thursday at an area hospital, according to the statement.
Officials said the preliminary cause of death appears to be “self-inflicted strangulation,” but an investigation is underway.
Colula was taken into ICE custody after being released from a Michigan jail on Dec. 6 following an arrest for an outstanding warrant, authorities said. U.S. Border Patrol originally detained him in 2014 in Rochester, N.Y., but he was released on bond and his case was transferred to Ohio, according to the agency.
His death comes less than a month after a 39-year-old British man died in ICE custody in Florida. His cause of death was found to be asphyxiation from hanging.[More U.S. News] Pilot in helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant had previous weather-related violation in 2015, according to FAA records »
The number of people who have died in ICE facilities this fiscal year is now close to last year’s total of eight.