A mother has been killed while searching for her missing son in northern Mexico.
The body of Rosario Rodríguez Barraza was found on Tuesday in Sinaloa, where she was working with an activist organization to find the remains of her son who disappeared three years ago.
Authorities have released limited details about the circumstances of Barraza’s death.
Sinaloa MP Paloma Sánchez said she was killed near her home in the state.
It happened in a region that gives its name to one of Mexico’s most brutal drug gangs – the Sinaloa Cartel, which was once led by Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.
Most of Mexico’s 100,000 missing people disappeared after Mexico’s war on drugs began in 2006.
Barraza worked as activists, often referred to as “researchers” or “researchers”. They are mostly made up of mothers looking for their missing children without a trace.
In an effort to ensure that they do not become targets themselves, most researchers say publicly that they are not looking for evidence against the killers of their loved ones, but rather looking for emotional closure.
“I’m looking for my son, I’m not looking for the culprits,” Barraza can be heard saying in a video posted by the Hasta Encontrarles group.
Despite this, Barraza was the third volunteer researcher killed in Mexico since 2021.
Barraza’s son, Fernando Ramírez Rodríguez, was kidnapped in Sinaloa in October 2019. He was 20 when gunmen snatched him from the streets of La Cruz.
An official police investigation yielded no results, and authorities were never even able to determine if he was still alive.
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“I took videos from them, brought them witnesses, and so far they haven’t done anything for me,” Barraza said.
“I deeply regret the murder of Rosario Rodríguez Barraza, a tireless fighter like many other women in Sinalo who are looking for their loved ones,” Sinaloa Governor Rubén Rocha Moya said.
Moya said the state government is fully investigating Barraza’s death, which he called an “insidious crime”.
“My solidarity for their loved ones and for the groups of claimants and claimants of their loved ones,” he said.
Barraza’s death was announced on International Missing Persons Day on August 30.
The day was marked in Mexico by mass demonstrations and demonstrations in the capital of Mexico City.
Protesters, who wore photos of loved ones around their necks, marched through downtown Mexico City chanting “Where are they? Our children, where are they?’
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