New murder in Mexico yesterday Wednesday. Victim of a well-known activist who was looking for her son. The 44-year-old mother had been trying since 2019 to locate her child.
Member of a collective of women looking for their missing children, Rosario Rodríguez she was kidnapped by gunmen after attending a prayer for her child on Tuesday night in the state of Sinaloa (west), according to the NGO Adónde van los Desaparecidos (“Where do the disappeared go?”). The body of the 44-year-old woman was found a few hours later near a bridge in the municipality of La Cruz de Elota, according to elpais.
The woman was constantly threatened for her search. “They had already poured gasoline on her house to set it on fire, tried to disappear her other son, in one case took a truck from him and returned it to him the next day,” according to the organization. “The last time she went out to look, she was approached by a Municipal Police patrol car with a non-police citizen,” he continues.
“I am deeply saddened by the killing of Rosario Rodríguez Barraza, a tireless fighter like so many other women from Sinaloa who are looking for their loved ones,” was the reaction of the governor of the state, Ruben Rocha, via Twitter.
The news of the mother’s murder made headlines in Mexican media, the day after the International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances by State Officials.
Her son, Fernando Ramirez, went missing in October 2019. Dit is not known if he was kidnapped by government officials or by organized crime.
“It is a priority to solve her murder,” as she was “a woman and a member of an extremely vulnerable group such as those looking for missing persons,” the local prosecutor’s office emphasized.
Many crimes (feminicides, kidnappings, murders of journalists…) go unpunished in Mexico. More than 100,000 people have disappeared in Mexico, a “human tragedy of enormous proportions,” declared the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in May.
Collectives estimate that the number of missing persons is even higher, as many families do not report disappearances to prosecutors due to fear or a lack of trust in the authorities.