Marisol Cuadras was 18 years old and this Thursday she was demonstrating in Guaymas, Sonora, against the violence suffered by Mexican women. The young woman was at the protest at the Municipal Palace on the occasion of 25-N when an armed commando arrived at the scene and opened fire. She and a security guard were killed when they were shot. Another man, who the federal government has identified as one of the hit men, also lost his life. In addition, a member of the City Council press team was injured and taken to the nearest hospital. The authorities point out that the attack was directed against the municipal security secretary and not against women. “Unfortunately, there was collateral damage,” said Admiral Rafael Ojeda during the president’s morning conference.
It is possible to follow in Marisol’s footsteps during Thursday’s protest. Dressed in black and with a purple scarf around her neck, the young woman poses with her companions and a sign: “We want each other alive!” She writes with chalk, crouched on the ground, the message “we all went.” He is pictured with the mayor of Guaymas, Karla Córdova, who left the building to meet the protesters. And the images continue until 6:40 p.m., when a group of hitmen arrived at the City Hall and killed the young woman. “They killed my daughter, in the middle of the municipal palace, expressing their disagreement. Let everyone know. Yes, I am the mother of that woman, one more, I was only 18 years old ”, wrote Teresa, the young woman’s mother.
The murder of Cuadras on the same day that he was protesting against sexist violence, in a country where 10 women are murdered a day, has generated a wave of indignation in Mexico. Social networks have been filled with images of the young woman and feminist groups demand justice. The State Prosecutor’s Office affirms that the events are already being investigated and that the security forces are looking for those responsible for the attack.
The attack was triggered on Thursday afternoon when municipal president Karla Córdova and Guaymas Security Secretary Andrés Humberto Cano Ahuir came down to meet the protesters. “It was not a direct attack on the mayor,” Admiral Ojeda Durán assured this Friday during the president’s morning conference, “they were on the Secretary of Security. He is a captain of the Navy, who has already been there for a long time ”. Cano Ahuir had already received threats and accusations in public places and videos, as confirmed by the Sonora Prosecutor’s Office.
At 6:40 p.m., the attackers began firing at the group that was at the door of the Municipal Palace. The Prosecutor’s Office has pointed out that they carried long weapons, “for the exclusive use of the Army,” and also explosives. In the attack, in just a few seconds, they did not injure Cano Ahuir or the mayor.
“Unfortunately, there was collateral damage,” Ojeda said. The deceased are the escort of the mayor, Antelmo Eduardo, 40, and Marisol Cuadras, who the admiral has highlighted is the daughter of a member of the Navy. The deputy director of social communication of the City Council, Noé Alberto, was also hit by bullets, but he is out of danger. The third deceased is one of the hit men, for whom there was already an arrest warrant and who had already been arrested on two other occasions, Ojeda confirmed at the conference.
The Sonora Prosecutor’s Office has located the vehicle of the aggressors, without license plates and with part of the weapons, in the vicinity of the Municipal Palace. The governor of Sonora, Alfonso Durazo, has affirmed that all the “federal, state and municipal” authorities are summoned in Guaymas to attend the attack. “We are going to find those responsible,” said the one who was until this year Secretary of Security in the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.