FNS: BC Police Have Leads in Mexicali Double Femicide
- FNS: BC Police Have Leads in Mexicali Double Femicide
According to unnamed sources within the Baja California state police force,
members of a street-level drug gang known as "Los Renatos" are allegedly
responsible for last week's murders of Viridiana Estrella Mártinez and
Sandra Luz Castro Pelayo near Mexicali. The two women, both 18 years old,
were last seen alive on Sunday, April 18, 2004 while they were being forced
into a white Dodge Neon by three men. Their bodies were discovered on
Thursday, April 22.
One of the women was choked to death while the other was stabbed 16 times
and her throat had been cut. Officials are not considering the killings a
crime of passion since neither woman had been sexually assaulted.
Police currently have various lines of investigation into the killings. One
thought is that the young women were somehow caught up in a drug war between
gangs of drug dealers. Another theory is that the women witnessed something
that may have happened between Los Renatos and another gang.
Officials say that the investigation is moving along and that they are close
to making arrests in the case.
The parents of Viridiana Estrella Martínez say that the BC state police have
not told them anything about the investigation. Everything they know about
their daughter's case they have learned from the newspaper, they said.
Sources: La Crónica (Mexicali), April 27, 2004. Article by Gerardo Franco
El Universal (Mexico City), April 23, 2004. Article by Rosa Maria Mendez
Fierros and Luis Carlos Cano.
Greg Bloom, Outreach Coordinator
Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Email address: gbloom@...
Phone: (505) 646-6817
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