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5/11 Juarez, Chihuahua: Another Sad Mother ’s Day for Some Families

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      Another Sad Mother’s Day for Some Families
      May 11, 2005
      Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua News


      Like in other parts of Mexico and Latin America, May
      10, Mother’s Day, was celebrated in Ciudad Juarez with
      gifts, musical homages and festivities. But for some
      families it was a day filled with grief and anguish.
      Only days before the holiday, 20-year-old Maria
      Estrella Cuevas Cuevas was planning a small party with
      friends and family. The celebration never happened. On
      Thursday morning, May 5, Cuevas’s shoeless body was
      found on a street in one of Juarez’s working-class
      colonias. The mother of two infants,  ages one and
      two, Cuevas had been raped, beaten and stabbed. 

      Cuevas reportedly was last seen at a party with
      friends during the evening prior to the discovery of
      her body. According to her brother, Gabriel Angel
      Gonzalez Cuevas, his sister worked as a temporary
      domestic worker to make ends meet. Cuevas’s sister,
      Socorro, added that the murdered young woman had
      dreams of visiting Tijuana and seeing the ocean one
      day.

      Just hours before Cuevas’ murder, 48-year-old
      housewife Tomasa Echeverria was apparently bludgeoned
      to death with a hammer inside her Juarez home.
      Echeverria’s body was discovered by her son, Martin
      Soto, who informed members of the Chihuahua State
      Investigations Agency (the former Chihuahua State
      Judicial Police) that Echeverria’s husband had
      recently threatened to kill his wife.

      No arrests have been made in either the Cuevas or
      Echeverria homicides. Special Prosecutor for Women’s
      Homicides Cony Velarde announced after the
      Cuevas killing that three men were detained on drug
      charges in connection with the case, but the trio was
      later freed by the federal attorney general’s office.


      The Cuevas and Echeverria murders brought to at least
      13 the total number of femicides in Juarez since the
      beginning of 2005. Additionally, authorities recovered
      two skeletons of women believed to have been
      previously murdered. 

      In another development that’s jarred the border city,
      the family of 7-year-old  Airis  Estrella  Enriquez
      continued to anguish over the fate of their child. The
      second-grader was reported last seen playing with
      friends in a working-class neighborhood on the
      afternoon of May 2, when she might have been forced
      into a dark-colored car with tinted windows driven by
      an older man. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Juarez,
      Renato Ascencio Leon, then made a public appeal for
      the return of Airis, as did Chihuahua  Governor Jose
      Reyes Baeza.

      Airis was described by her teacher, Miriam Solis
      Facio, as a shy but excellent student. Solis said the
      young girl hailed from a family with few resources and
      wasn’t able to afford the class photo in which she
      appears, or contribute a $3 dollar donation for
      Children’s Day-the very day she disappeared.

      Posters of the missing girl have been widely
      distributed in both Juarez and neighboring El Paso,
      Texas. Brigades of neighbors, classmates, police, and
      the citizenry in general have been fanning out across
      the city in a fruitless search to date for Airis.
      Media reports named a school teacher, Luis Tomas
      Contreras Millan, as a suspect in Airis’ kidnapping,
      but the educator quickly proclaimed his innocence and
      accused authorities of trying to create another
      scapegoat. 

      Sources: Norte de Ciudad Juarez, May 11, 2005. Article
      by Carlos Huerta.  Diario de Juarez, May 11, 2005.
      Article by Javier Saucedo Alcala. Diario de Juarez,
      May 10, 2005. Article by Guadalupe Felix. El Mexicano
      (Ciudad Juarez), May 10, 2005. Article by Ruben Rios
      Macias.  Diario de Juarez, May 8, 2005. Article by
      Ramon Chaparro. Norte, May 8, 2005. Articles  by
      Carlos Huerta and Teofila Alvarado. Norte, May 6,
      2005. Articles by Salvador Castro.  Diario de Juarez,
      May 6, 2005. Article by Javier Saucedo Alcala  El
      Universal, May 6, 2005. Article by Luis Carlos Cano.



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