Mexican mother killed: Protesting mother killed outside governor’s office in Mexico
The video is shocking, but not gory because the camera is far from the action. There’s a little footage of Ms. Escobedo when she was alive, visiting the place her daughter was buried, and speaking to reporters. Then the news anchor interviews the governor of Chihuahua while they show the tape of her killing, over and over. (The video is in Spanish.)
Outraged when judges freed the main suspect in her daughter’s killing, Marisela Escobedo Ortiz launched a one-woman protest across the street from government offices in northern Mexico.
Now she is dead too.
In a brazen killing caught on video, a gunman chased Escobedo and shot her at close range Thursday night in front of the governor’s office building in the capital of Chihuahua state.
Escobedo’s 16-year-old daughter, Rubi Frayre, was slain and dismembered in 2008. The main suspect was her live-in boyfriend, Sergio Barraza, who was captured a year later in the state of Zacatecas.
Although Barraza confessed to the killing, he was exonerated in May by a three-judge panel that found insufficient evidence after a U.S.-style trial with oral arguments in the state capital, also called Chihuahua. Another court reversed the verdict, finding Barraza guilty, but he remains at large.
Escobedo loudly denounced the first court’s ruling and has begged state authorities for justice. This month, she planted herself in front of the governor’s office.
She had said she received threats from Barraza and his family but refused to hide.
“What’s the government waiting for — that he come and finish me?” Escobedo said in an interview outside the governor’s palace that was posted on a website. “Then let him kill me, but here in front to see if it makes them ashamed.”