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Villagers mourn family; Guatemala quake toll at 52

SAN CRISTOBAL CUCHO, Guatemala — The 10 members of the Vasquez family were found together under the rubble of the rock quarry that had been their livelihood, some in a desperate final embrace, others clinging to the faintest of dying pulses.

As Guatemalans sought Thursday to pick up the pieces after a 7.4-magnitude quake, one family’s tragic story came to symbolize the horror of a disaster that killed at least 52 people and left thousands of others huddling in the cold shadows of cracked adobe buildings, most without electricity or water.

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