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      Family says teen killed self over immigration troubles

      An 18-year-old is dead after he reportedly took his own life outside Mission Friday night.

      Family of Joaquin Luna told Action 4 News the teen left behind suicide letters explaining he took his own life, because he was an illegal immigrant and would never be able to attend college because of it.

      Family said Friday night the teen dressed up in a suit and tie, kissed them, then went into the restroom and shot himself in the head.

      Luna was a senior at Juarez Lincoln High School in Mission.

      His family said he was a dedicated student, had good grades and wanted to be an engineer.

      They said he even designed and built ceilings in several of the rooms at their home.

      One of Luna TMs older brothers said the teen would often get frustrated when filling out the immigration status section in college applications.

      He said Luna was also frustrated when the Dream Act didn't pass.

      Luna's family said they haven't read the entirety of the suicide letters since the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department took them as evidence.

      Action 4 TMs Daisy Martinez also spoke with the teen TMs mother.

      Hear from her on Action 4 News at 10 pm.