Anniversary Of Juarez Activist's Murder Marked With Protests, New Suspect
POSTED: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 19, 2011 - 1:10pm
EL PASO - One year ago today, surveillance video caught the final horrifying minutes of Marisela Escobedo's life. She was gunned down on the door steps of the Chihuahua State Capital in Mexico. Today her son protested the Mexican government, and they released the name of a new suspect in the murder case.
"My mom, she believed in Mexican justice and she was betrayed by the Mexican government," Juan Escobedo said.
Juan says his mom knew she was a likely target. She was very outspoken about the murder investigation of her daughter Rubi, in which the murder suspect's conviction was overturned in Juarez.
"A 16-year old daughter who was kidnapped by her husband and ultimately cut into 100 pieces and fed to the pigs," Immigration Attorney Carlos Spector said.
Juan can't go back to Mexico to visit the graves of his mom and sister, so he set up a memorial for them at the Mexican Consulate in Downtown El Paso. He took the time to place wooden crosses in the ground during the protest.
Chihuahua police announced Hector Miguel Flores, also known as "El Payaso," was the person responsible for Marisela's death. They also claim he is dead, the victim of another murder. Today police named Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra as a second suspect, and they're offering three million Pesos for information that leads to his arrest.
"They create evidence. They create guilty people so they can say, 'you know what, we did our job,'" he said.
Juan doesn't believe the Mexican government is being honest about who killed his mother, and he wants to know why they overturned the murder conviction in his sisters case. For his safety, his fight is now on U.S. territory in El Paso, and it's not something he is going to give up easily. After all, his mother gave up her life in the fight for justice.
"We are going to keep fighting for justice for Marisela and for Rubi," he said.
Protestors also demonstrated in other Texas cities, calling for justice in the cases of Marisela and Rubi.