I looked back at all of the stories I have so far in September. Though there has been only one tally posted in the newspaper (2 as of Sept 9) I also include the 4 people killed and found in the back of the tractor-trailer on the road between Juarez and Chihuahua for 28 as of Sept 9. On September 10, a body was found inside of a motel and it was reported as a murder victim. On September 11, two decomposed bodies were found at different locations in the city; on September 12 another body was found and 2 other murders were reported; on September 13, two men were killed in a home invasion attack that also injured a 3-yr-old child. These added to the previous 28 for a total of about 36 people so far in September.
For the second day in a row, at least 6 people were victims of homicide in
Juarez. Yesterday, 4 women were killed. Two were shot in a drive by
shooting that wounded another person and then bled to death en route to the
hospital. A 17 yr old girl was shot to death while taking care of a baby.
The baby was not physically harmed in the attack. A few hours later,
another woman, possibly a relative of the girl, was shot to death just a
few blocks away in the same colonia–Campestre Virreyes. In addition, two
men were also killed in separate incidents.
The young girl stabbed to death in Juarez on Saturday was born in El Paso.
She and her brother attended elementary school in Juarez. The autopsy
showed that she had not been sexually assaulted as reported earlier. The
investigation shows that the motive might have been some kind of revenge
against her mother. The brother and sister were said to have had no school
records when they entered school in Juarez.
Also below, a state investigative policeman was attacked but survived. Only
one person was the victim of homicide yesterday in Juarez.
An article in El Diario states that Sonia Tapia and her son
have left Juarez. The boy is in a hospital in El Paso and the family
does not plan to return to Juarez, in part due to fear of reprisals.
The article says that many other victims of violence would like to
leave Mexico but are unable to. Sonia Tapia and her son are US
Sonia Tapia has been released by the Fiscalia after nearly 48 hours in
custody. The link is about 18 minutes of a press conference she
gave in Juarez.
The child shot and seriously injured by municipal police on Monday in
Juarez is a US citizen as is his mother, Sonia Tapia Cisneros. The
police say they attempted to stop Tapia’s vehicle, she says that she
kept driving because she feared she was being carjacked. After the
child was shot and wounded, the police detained Tapia, but apparently
drove around for 4 hours before formally charging her with a crime.
According to the article she is still in custody and charged with
attempted murder. She has not been allowed to see her son who has had
multiple surgeries on his arms, abdomen and hip. He will probably be
disabled for life. Sonia Tapia is a school teacher and is the
director of the private Issac Newton school in Juarez. According to
the article, the US Consulate has been called in to help the mother
and son leave the country.
The two police officers involved in the shooting of the child and the
arrest of Ms. Tapia are also under investigation.
So, far, I have not seen anything in the El Paso press about this