Jan 14, 2011

Officials investigate murder of poet and activist in Juarez, Mexico

Another Juarez femicide activist is slain

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WLM Journal - Jan. 12, 2011
By Kelly McKenzie

The activist and poet who inspired the slogan "ni una mas" was murdered in Juarez, Chihuahua, and the investigation appears mired in controversy and contradictions.

Ni una mas stands for not one more murder.

Susana Chavez, 36, was killed Jan. 5. Her body was found on Three Kings Day (Jan. 6) at 12:30 a.m.

Three teenage boys who are in police custody are the suspects.
The suspects authorities said confessed to killing Chavez are Sergio Cardenas De la O, 17, Aaron Acevedo Martínez, 17, and Carlos Ramírez Muñoz, also 17.

Other activists complained that the authorities delayed in identifying the victim to avoid another controversy, such as the assassination in December of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, who was killed by gunfire in front of the governor's palace in Chihuahua City.

Escobedo was seeking justice in the case of her daughter's slaying. The police have not detained her killer.

Officials said one of Chavez's face was covered with duct tape and she died from suffocation. Her left hand was severed. 

Three teenage boys allegedly told the authorities that they killed Chavez after drinking and dancing at Cardenas' home.

He allegedly said they told Chavez they were members of the Aztecas gang (enforcers for the Carrillo Fuentes drug cartel), and that she claimed she was a police officer and was going to turn them in.

The suspects said Acevedo, Ramirez and Cardenas took Chavez inside the shower and wrapped her face with duct tape. Then, Cardenas and Acevedo cut off her left hand and dumped her body on a street.

Officials said they found the severed hand in Cardenas' home.

Mexican and U.S. officials have linked the Aztecas and other gangs in Juarez to the murders of women in Juarez.

Officials have not said whether the suspects were in fact Aztecas or were seeking to join the gang.

The Mexican National Commission for Human Rights has asked for a thorough investigation of Chavez's death.

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