Marisela Escobedo Ortiz

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Plaque indicating the place Ortiz was killed

Marisela Escobedo Ortiz[1][2] (1958 – Chihuahua, Chihuahua, December 16, 2010) was a Mexican social activist, killed while protesting the murder of her daughter that occurred in 2008.[3]

Marisela Escobedo Ortiz's social activism began in 2008 in Ciudad Juarez following the murder of her 16-year-old daughter Ruby Frayre. Marisela Escobedo and her husband claimed that their daughter was allegedly murdered by Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra. They managed to locate Barraza in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, where he was arrested and taken to Juarez where he confessed to the crime in court and told of the burial of the remains of Ruby. Barraza was however acquitted by judges for lack of evidence and was released, thereby generating a scandal that became known nationally and internationally.[4]

In response, Marisela Escobedo began a series of protests against the resolution against Chihuahua state authorities, asking for Barraza to be arrested and tried again, appealing the decision. A circuit court overturned the acquittal and Barraza was sentenced for murder, while Barraza remained a fugitive from justice. After numerous representations to the governors Jose Reyes Baeza Terrazas and Cesar Duarte Jaquez, they moved their protest to the Plaza Hidalgo in the city of Chihuahua in front of the Government Palace, the home of the governor where on 16 December 2010 Marisela was killed by an unknown assassin by a single shot to the head.[5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "A dos años de la muerte de Marisela Escobedo, persiste exigencia de justicia". Proceso (in Spanish). Comunicación e Información, S.A. de C.V. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Marisela Escobedo fue asesinada por orden de los 'Zetas'" (in Spanish). Televisa, S.A. de C.V. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Activist killed for demanding justice for her daughter
  4. ^ Dora Villalobos Mendoza (18 December 2010), Report of two femicides that shake Mexico, Yancuic, retrieved 2010-12-18 
  5. ^ activist Marisela Escobedo is killed, El Universal, 16 December 2010, retrieved 2010-12-18 
  6. ^ Gabriela Minjares (18 December 2010), It took 20 seconds to shut 27 months of fighting, Diario de Juárez, retrieved 2010-12-18 
  7. ^ Maricela Escobedo murdered in Chihuahua, Excelsior, December 16, 2010, archived from the original on December 20, 2010, retrieved 2010-12-18 

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