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The murder and rape of an 11-year-old girl sparks outrage in Mexico

The police have arrested the driver of the van she was travelling in

File image: a girl cries over the deaths of two loved ones in Juarez

The tragedy took place in Nezahualcoyotl, in the state of Mexico. Sergio Gutiérrez was taking his 11-year-old daughter, Valeria, home on his bike, when it started to rain.

To stop his little girl from getting wet, he took her to a public minibus. The girl got in, her father followed on his bike. But at some point, the bus got away and vanished from sight.

When the man got home, Valeria wasn’t there. She’d gone missing.
A two o’clock the following afternoon, local residents told the police they had found her body, as reported by Milenio and other Mexican media. The 43-year-old minibus driver, José Octavio N., was later arrested for homicide. The public prosecutor said the man had apparently raped the girl, strangled her and then left the vehicle.

‘Rest? We’re not resting until justice is done’ or ‘No more. No more femicide,’ read some of the placards carried by residents in the heated protests staged the following day.

The girl’s mother reported police negligence, for not searching for her street-by-street as she had asked on realising the girl was missing. ‘There are cameras on every corner, why didn’t they help?,’ she asked. She also demanded the No. 40 minibus route be shut down for hiring the alleged murderer, according to what she told El Universal.


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