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Authorities accused of intentionally botching woman’s autopsy to “cover up for the killer” in Mexico

The killing of a younger lady in Mexico City introduced accusations Monday that authorities in a neighboring state intentionally botched her autopsy to cover up for the killer.

The demise of Ariadna López, 27, introduced up all the points which have enraged girls in Mexico: officers blaming the sufferer, poor police investigation and misconduct that has led to a rising quantity of unsolved killings of girls.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum alleged that the prosecutor of Morelos state, simply south of the capital, had ties to the woman’s alleged killer although she refused to describe their purported hyperlinks.

Protest demanding justice after the death of Ariadna Fernanda Lopez, a 27-year-old woman who was found dead on a highway in Morelos state, in Mexico City
People participate in a protest demanding justice after the demise of Ariadna Fernanda Lopez, a 27-year-old lady who was discovered useless on a freeway in Morelos state, in Mexico City, Mexico, November 7, 2022.

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“It is clear that the prosecutor of Morelos state tried to cover up for the killer of a woman because of his ties to the killer,” Sheinbaum mentioned.

The woman’s physique was discovered final week in Morelos, so officers there initially investigated.

Morelos state prosecutor Uriel Carmona mentioned a state forensic examination confirmed López choked on her personal vomit because of this of intoxication. But officers in Mexico City mentioned Sunday that that they had proof she was slain in the capital.

Carmona “categorically” denied the accusations, and mentioned they “lack any basis,” the prosecutor’s office mentioned in an announcement.

The Morelos state anti-corruption office introduced later Monday that it had opened an investigation into “possible crimes” and “alleged acts of corruption committed by personnel of the Morelos state prosecutors’ office.”

On Sunday, Mexico City prosecutor Ernestina Godoy mentioned a brand new autopsy carried out by Mexico City specialists discovered “several lesions caused by blows” on López’s physique and listed the trigger of demise as “multiple traumas.”

López was discovered useless on the facet of a street final week in Morelos state, house to the metropolis of Cuernavaca, a frequent weekend getaway for Mexico City residents. She had vanished after visiting a restaurant with the suspect and his girlfriend and later visiting his residence, Mexico City authorities sid.

On Monday, Sheinbaum confirmed a picture from the residence constructing’s safety cameras purportedly exhibiting the suspect strolling by means of a basement storage with the inert physique of a girl over his shoulder.

The suspect, who was apparently a buddy of the sufferer, turned himself in to prosecutors in the northern metropolis of Monterrey on Monday and mentioned he was harmless of the killing. Another lady, described as the suspect’s girlfriend, was arrested in Mexico City.

Some noticed solutions of police incompetence from the begin. López disappeared from a classy central Mexico City neighborhood Oct. 30. Her physique was not discovered till days later when cyclists found her on a path that leads from Mexico City to Morelos.

Her physique was recognized by kin solely as a result of the cyclists took images of the sufferer’s tattoos and posted them on-line in an try to assist determine her.

On Monday, dozens of girls and their supporters marched in downtown Mexico City to demand justice in López’s case.

March For The Feminicide Of Ariadna Fernanda In Mexico City
Relatives, buddies and feminist collectives march with banners and sunflowers on Avenida Dr. Rio de la Loza to the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico City, for the feminicide of Ariadna Fernanda, whose physique was discovered on October 31, 2022.

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“We feel enraged, impotent, above all, mad,” mentioned Omar Rodríguez Díaz, the sufferer’s brother. “They treat us like garbage and that is sad.”

“We want justice done and prosecutor Uriel Carmona to pay the consequences of his words. He made a mockery of Mexico and of all women,” Rodríguez Díaz mentioned.

Sheinbaum is taken into account a number one contender to exchange President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2024 elections. The dispute Monday units up a battle with the governor of Morelos state, who’s an ally of López Obrador however not a member of his Morena social gathering.

Mexico City has its personal issues with girls’s killings. A younger lady, Lidia Gabriela, apparently threw herself from a taxi and died on a Mexico City avenue Wednesday. Witnesses mentioned Gabriela thought the taxi driver was making an attempt to kidnap her and so she leaped from the automobile

Morelos state has additionally had a very unhealthy stretch of girls’s killings.

On Friday, the our bodies of 5 girls had been discovered in the Morelos metropolis of Cuautla simply south of Mexico City. The our bodies had been discovered at two totally different spots in the metropolis, often called a weekend getaway for Mexico City residents.

The prosecutor in Morelos state mentioned the killings appeared to have been carried out by a drug gang, presumably as half of some kind of dispute. Carmona mentioned the our bodies had been discovered close to a hand-lettered signal of the sort usually utilized by drug gangs.

Between January and September, Mexico recorded the murders of 695 girls, in contrast to 978 in all of 2021, official figures present. Most of these crimes went unpunished.

Also on Monday, a 46-year-old lady who had been looking out for her lacking son was shot useless outdoors her house in the northern state of Guanajuato, the native prosecutor’s office mentioned.

Maria Carmela Vazquez was the newest in a string of members of the family of the lacking to be murdered.

Her mom informed native media that “two young boys” had knocked on the door and requested for her daughter. “When she came out, they killed her.”

In May, Lopez Obrador met with the household of 18-year-old Debanhi Escobar, whose physique was discovered in a motel water tank 12 days after she disappeared. Her demise triggered a nationwide public outcry, after an impartial forensic report concluded that she was raped and murdered.

AFP contributed to this report.

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