FNS: Two More Women Murdered in Cd. Juárez
Date: 1/29/02 11:46:26 AM Pacific Standard Time
January 29, 2002
Two More Women Murdered in Cd. Juárez
Like most of the victims of Ciudad Juárez's serial killer or killers,
Lourdes Ivette Lucero Campos worked in a maquiladora, had long brown
hair, was attractive and young, age 26.
However, Lucero was also quite different from the hundreds of other
women that have been murdered in Cd. Juárez since 1993. Lucero did not
work on her maquiladora's production line but was instead employed as a
nutritionist in the Motores Eléctricos kitchen.
Unlike most of the women who disappeared either going to or from their
bus stop on the way to work or home, Lucero disappeared with her own
truck. Also, Lucero was married and lived with her husband while many of
the Cd. Juárez rape-murder victims were single and lived with their
mothers or parents.
Perhaps because of these differences it was not surprising when after a
few days, Lucero's death was linked to an ex-boyfriend, Daniel
Magallanes, and not to an anonymous bus driver.
According to a number of articles in the Cd. Juárez newspaper, El
Diario, that quote sources within the Chihuahua Attorney General's
Office, Lucero was allegedly murdered by her ex-boyfriend after a verbal
argument turned violent.
While Lucero's husband was the original suspect in the case, the
Attorney General's Office learned about Magallanes through coworkers at
the maquiladora. When investigators began interrogating Magallanes they
said he gave contradictory testimony and then confessed to the crime.
According to El Diario's sources in the Attorney General's Office,
Magallanes began hitting Lucero with a metal tube when she would not
give him back his hat.
Lucero was murdered on Friday, January 18, 2002 and buried on January
In a separate case, a woman's body was found on January 27, 2002 near
the Cerro Bola in Ciudad Juárez, her face destroyed from damage
inflicted by heavy rocks. The Cerro Bola is an area where the burned
bodies of some the city's rape-murder victims have been previously
found. However, just as in the case with Lucero, initial similarities in
the cases proved to be false leads.
Later identified as Merced Ramírez Morales, the 35 year old mother of
two now orphaned children, Ramírez was not sexually attacked. The
Attorney General's Office believes that the concealment of a robbery may
have been the motive for the killing and that the murderer may live in
So far this year there have been four women murdered in Ciudad Juárez.
Source: El Diario, January 19-29, 2002.
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