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Four Soldiers Arrested for the Death of Family in NL

Monday, September 13, 2010 |

Four soldiers were arrested who are allegedly responible in the shooting attack of a family that was traveling on the road of Monterrey-Laredo. The shooting left two dead and five wounded.

The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA) reported that the soldiers that were apprehended were the Captain of the Second Infantry Cruz Nunez Valdez, a corporal of infantry Valerio Lucas Hernández, and two ground infantry soldiers José Antonio Rosado Vázquez and Antonio Ramírez Pérez.

The Attorney General of Military Justice explained that they sought evidence in the preliminary investigation that led to investigation number 7ZM/105/2010/ that resulted in determining the role of the soldiers who were found to be responsible for the violent attack against Mexican citizens causing their death.

For that reason the Second Military Court issued arrest warrants against the soldiers involved, who were immediately transferred yesterday to a military prison.

The facts of the incident took place on September 5, 2010 when seven members of a family returning from a party in Salinas Victoria and headed to San Nicolás in a gray Malibu a military convoy caught up to them and ask them to stop, but for some reason they did not immediately stopped. The soldiers then fired at the vehicle with automatic weapons causing the death of Alejandro León Castellanos of 15 years of age and his father Vicente Leon Ramirez, 52. Other passengers in the vehicle were injured

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12 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, for the first time action is being taken against soldiers who attack innocents...why does this seem iffy??? I know, I know, we criticize when there's a cover up, and we criticize when the soldiers are being detained...im just saying...

RiseMakaveli said...

You took the words right out of my mouth.
We complain when nothing is done, and when action is taken we are still skeptical.

but who can blame us?
I'm just glad that this soldiers are going to be made an example of.
One would think with them being soldiers, they would know to aim for the airs and then demand for the citizens to exit their vehicle.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what the people of Mexico can thing anymore. I mean you got cartels in police uniforms that have road blocks that might kill you. Then you have military that has road blocks how do you know which one is the good guy. Unbelievable.

Anonymous said...

it was an honest mistake on the part of the soldados...but mebbe they can get a ladder to escape ...after they become disillusioned and change sides to the narcos

Anonymous said...

without the soldados nobody would be able to travel any roads to anywhere...it is too bad ...a tragedy ...but in war these things are inevitable

Anonymous said...

IT'S A SHAME IN MEXICO THAT YOU ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT AND IT'S USUALLY THE ONES WITH MONEY WHO ARE ABLE TO BE GIVEN THEIR FREEDOM. WE'VE PASSED MANY MANY MILITARY CHECKPOINTS AND THESE POOR SOLDIERS ARE "SITTING DUCKS" IT'S NO SURPRISE THEY ARE TRIGGER HAPPY WHEN THEY FEEL THEY ARE THREATENED. THIS FAMILY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TRAVELING AT NIGHT. WAS IT DETERMINED THAT THE DAD WAS NOT DRINKING AND HAD HIS JUDGEMENT OBSCURED, ETC. ETC. NOT SAYING THAT INNOCENTS SHOULD BE MISTAKEN AS BAD GUYS, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS MORE BELOW THE SURFACE... IN THE MEANTIME, MEN WHO WERE MEANT TO PROTECT THIS COUNTRY ARE BEING IMMEDIATELY SENT TO DETAINMENT INSTEAD OF THE ONES WHO HAD MADE THE POLICIES OF WHICH THEY FIND THEMSELVE THE OBJECTS OF JUDGMENT!

Anonymous said...

I have read that the mexican military doesn't want to be involved in this. It took years to regain it's reputation after the gunning down of student protestors in mexico city in the late 60 tys . I don't know the facts but running from police and or military will get you shot in most countries south of the american boarder

Anonymous said...

It’s unfortunate that this happened to these children but it happens every day in Mexico. I suspect that it normally doesn’t make the news. I’m not saying that it’s right but it happens during a time of war. Let’s hope that the violence ends before it spreads into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California

Anonymous said...

running from the police in the USA can get you shot as well...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Borderland Beat!

This did not happen in a vacuum! Yours and all the media's efforts to expose and bring light to events [like what prompted these arrests] have made this happen! This is a ray of sunshine in a maelstrom of confusion that has allowed official impunity to exist.

The real news here is that the federal government is holding itself accountable for the actions of its commissioned and non-commissioned officers. Of course; expect for the street level guys to get "fucked with" for a while; but this will eventually work its way to the top. We need some ranking officers like Comandantes, Coroneles, and hopefully flag officers brought before the " 'ol man " to account for their underling's actions. It will make the overall organization way more effective.

Anonymous said...

oh lord poor soldiers...they might just be scape goats now...I agree w/the other person...it mightda been an honest mistake....they just did what they are expected to do, that;s what they are trained for...any army in the world would have reacted the same way if a vehicle is ordered to stop and doesn't stop...
besides I have seen incidents on MX buses where soldiers get so much attitude from certain passagers that don't like to be told what to do by "surenos"...like this lady that told a very polite Southern, indian looking soldier " don't tell me what to do...do you know who I am?"...geez...those guys are dying serving MX and in return they get this kind of crap ...wow!! just go check newspapers forums and see all the derogatory names they have for all those MX heroes being killed in the front lines.. especially in the NL area...they are so narrow-minded...rememer the incident with the Federal Police? ok....that's because they were mostly from MX City....I hope you get my point here

Gerardo said...

anon 11:59

Don't be too sad, this is merely political theater performed to appease the U.S. Congress and State Dept. who have frozen some Merida Initiative funds because of non-compliance to human rights conditions set forth in the aid agreement. The officer will probably be released soon if he hasn't been already. The regular troops will at worst be discharged from the military after a short detention (weeks). (info from a retired major in Mx military)

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