Photo Essay of a Mexican Murder Victim

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Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Noreste y Debate y Segundo

  Óscar’s mother and grandmother cry inconsolably outside their home. (photo: Ricardo Nevárez)

A young man named Oscar was shot dead inside his house in Capirato, Municipality of Mocorito, Sinaloa.Versions of the relatives indicated that the events happened as at about 10 pm  last night, and that it was reported to the authorities, but none showed up. The victim was identified by his family as Oscar Fabián “N”, 20 years old, motive unknown at this time.
The data indicate that last night at the victim’s home a Toyota Tacoma van arrived with armed people, calling to him by name to come out of the house, but since he did not come out, they set fire to the kitchen area which had a palm thatched roof over it. Then they shot at the door of the house, where he was inside with his family.

                    He was shot dead were he had layed on the floor to sleep thousands of times
When they managed to enter, he hid until one of the gunmen shot him repeatedly until he was killed with his family running for cover.
His family, at 06:00 am on this Saturday, went to the Pericos union and Badiraguato to report the events for the second time, since no authorities had yet  presented themselves until that time.
In the place of the events there were dozens of 223 and 7.62X39 mm. spent shell casings for rifles R-15 and AK 47s , ie Cuernos de Chivos.
The smell of gunpowder still did not disappear and spread in the air; also, the ravages of the attack were sealed on the walls.
                                               Charred remains of the main cooking area
 Grandpa, head invisible behind the corner of the corrugated metal roof contemplates the wreckage
 Police arrived at the house almost ten hours after he was alerted to the attack.(Ricardo Nevárez) 
                                      A policeman leaves the room where Oscar was killed
A night full of lead, crying and pain was lived Capirato, Mocorito:
One of the towns that belongs to the Pericos syndicates dressed in mourning after the attack of the armed group last night. 
Few inhabitants left their homes to carry out their daily activities, while adult women were outside their homes talking about what happened.
It was obvious that there was fear, not knowing with certainty who had carried out such a bloody deed.
     The village church, which is cataloged as being one of the oldest in Sinaloa, closed its doors.
The children, on the other hand, left their homes with the permission of their parents, but without asking anything, they were only going to perform the chores they had been given.
Some other people sympathized with the affected family and helped them report the facts to the authorities. Others reproached the violent act, since there were minors inside the house and the attackers didn’t care.
In the mountain community of Capirato, municipality of Mocorito, with a population of 414 people, and 116 houses is where the group armed with automatic rifles attacked members of a family who took refuge inside their home, which was set on fire.
I might add that it pains me greatly to see scenes like this after spending many years hanging out with friends and familias in hundreds of homes just like this and sharing splendid meals of freshly butchered spicy goat stew called Birria de Chivo, an honor to be served in a humble setting; or gossiping away under just such a ramada over a steaming cup of cafe with the fresh daily made queso and handmade tortillas.  


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