Six years after the mistaken murder of 15 teenagers by cartel hitmen in Juarez, Mexico, the victims’ families gather to honor their lives. Nathan Frandino reports.
Remembering a massacre in Mexico
On January 30, 2010, these halls in a Juarez home were filled with teenagers at a party.
But it became a bloodbath when cartel hitmen mistook them for rival gang members and shot them.
15 were killed and another 10 were injured in what became known as the Villas de Salvarcar Massacre.
Six years later, families of the victims find solace in their faith.
On Saturday, those families filled the pews for a memorial, bringing flowers and photographs of their loved ones to the altar.
Arcelia Medrano lost her son, Juan Carlos.
She says the pain only deepens as the investigation goes on.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARCELIA MEDRANO, MOTHER OF VICTIM JUAN CARLOS MEDRANO, SAYING:
“We’re waiting. It’s been six years and we’re still waiting for justice and nothing up to now. The attorney general doesn’t even talk to us anymore to let us know what has taken place, what they’ve done, nothing.”
She and others gathered after the church service for another tribute.
As they mourned, human rights activist Gustavo de la Roza lamented the investigation’s slow pace.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GUSTAVO DE LA ROZA, LEGAL ADVISER AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, SAYING:
“The government hasn’t propelled the investigation. The attorney general of the Republic hasn’t wanted to assume the reality that this was a crime ordered by organized crime.”
Four men were convicted for the crime, but the families are convinced that more people were involved, making the loss of their loved ones even harder to let go.