El Paso correspondent, Guild member Juan Carlos Llorca dies at age 40

El Paso correspondent and News Media Guild member Juan Carlos Llorca, whose reporting on illegal international adoptions led to national reforms in Guatemala, has died at age 40.

Llorca collapsed at his home Monday in El Paso, Texas, and was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, his sister said. The cause of his death is pending.

AP El Paso correspondent Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca died Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo by Moises Castillo)

AP El Paso correspondent Juan Carlos Llorca smiles during a press conference in Guatemala City. Llorca died Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo by Moises Castillo)


Llorca spent years reporting on illegal international adoptions in Guatemala, becoming one of the first journalists to uncover a smuggling trade in which infants were placed for adoption with unsuspecting couples, mostly from the United States.

Llorca became AP’s correspondent in El Paso, Texas, in 2011. In addition to covering Mexico’s drug war and the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Llorca also learned photography.

Llorca had two teenage sons who had recently joined him in El Paso to attend school.