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Tarahumara Activist Cruz Soto Assassinated in Chihuahua

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Cruz Soto Caraveo was reported missing since October 13, when armed men approached him in the municipality of Guazapares, Chihuahua. 

Through its Twitter account, the association Cencos (National Center for Social Communication)  announced that the activist Cruz Soto Caraveo was found lifeless in Chihuahua , after being reported missing since last October 13.

Soto Caraveo was a member of the group of families forcibly displaced from the Sierra Tarahumara of that State.

Cruz Soto had been deprived of his freedom by armed subjects on October 13 in Temoris, this after leaving a meeting. The activist was one of the many victims displaced by violence in the mountains, he also recalled that he had death threats.

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⚠⚠⚠Cruz Soto Caraveo, a member of the group of families forcibly displaced from the Sierra Tarahumara, was found lifeless after being disappeared on October 13. We demand clarification of the facts and justice for Cruz and his loved ones.https: // twitter.com/SerapazMexico/ status / 1185675096247062528  …

Just before, the activist had made an address at a meeting in Témoris, the municipal seat of Guazapares, in order to attend a meeting with staff of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader).

Allegedly, upon returning to his community, Cruz Soto was intercepted by strangers, who took the activist out of his car and killed him later.

                                            Cars found used in activist kidnapping:

The report contends that at least four hooded and armed subjects aboard two vehicles took the victim.

Elements of the State Agency of Investigation (AEI) assured two vehicles that were indicated in the report of illegal deprivation of liberty of Cruz Soto Caraveo last Sunday, October 13.

Agents followed up on the investigation Thursday night when they detected a Jeep, Grand Cherokee, metallic blue, with EKL 5517 license plates from the state of Chihuahua.

The unit, manned by Wendy Cristal QA, coincides with the characteristics of the vehicle used to take Soto Caraveo, who had gone to Témoris over the weekend to receive Federal Government support, against his will.

After several operations carried out by the Prosecutor’s Office to try to find the whereabouts of activist Cruz Soto Caraveo, then the location of the lifeless body of that person was reported unofficially.

Previously, investigators had secured a Hummer, H3, red, 2006 model vehicle with theft report on October 6, 2018 in the state of Michoacán, which had also been used in the illicit crimes.

The report argues that at least four hooded and armed subjects aboard two vehicles were taken to Soto Caraveo in an unknown direction last Sunday.

The State Attorney General maintains an operation in the region with the support of a helicopter to find the exact whereabouts of Cruz Soto Caraveo.



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