Thursday, August 18, 2011
Veracruz update: A hero's death
Tha last post on Veracruz mentioned last Sunday's grenade attack against the public outside of the city aquarium. A family from Texcoco, EdoMex, suffered the full force of the explosion and shrapnel.
The grenade was tossed from a vehicle that was being pursued by military authorities through the Villa del Mar area of Veracruz. The men in the vehicle were suspected of participating in the shootout in Boca del Rio earlier that afternoon.
It has come to light that in a heroic act to shield his loved ones, the father of the Sanchez Bonilla family threw himself on the grenade. He died while his wife and children were wounded.
The children Christopher and Joselyn Sanchez Bonilla, 5 and 6 years old, have been stabilized in an intensive care unit in Veracruz.
Christopher suffered wounds to his jaws and Joselyn suffered head and neck trauma. In an interview yesterday the Secretary of Health for the state of Veracruz, Paul Anaya Rivera, said both children are out of danger with stable vital signs and no immediate complications and are breathing normally.
The mother, Magdalena Bonilla Santos, who suffered superficial wounds, has been discharged.
What at first were rumors from witnesses that the dead man, whose name was not released, had thrown himself on the grenade has gained strength as fact.
According to Anaya Rivera, the wounds suffered by the deceased male support the fact that he was shielding his family and if he had not taken the full force of the grenade blast the family would have been much more seriously hurt.
The deceased may have thrown himself on the grenade or was attempting to grab it and throw it away from his family but his body took the brunt of the explosion, said state Health Secretary.
Today his wife and children, and all good people, mourn his sacrifice.