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Woman loses 3 sons to ongoing violence in Juarez

Thursday, January 12, 2012 |

By Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera \ EL PASO TIMES

A mother seeking justice in the slaying of her son in December suffered a crushing tragedy during the weekend.

Two other sons were killed Saturday in a brutal attack in which they were shot, wrapped in blankets and then set on fire.

The mother of the men, who does not want to be identified, fears that the latest attack on her family may be connected to a complaint filed against Juárez Police Chief Julián Leyzaola and six other municipal police agents who are accused of taking part in the beating death of her son in December.

On Saturday, several men carrying an AK-47 and containers of gasoline broke into a house in the 1900 block of Emiliano Zapata Street in west Juárez and gunned down Andrés Darío Padilla Martínez, 20, and Carlos Omar Padilla Martínez, 14, in front of their five younger siblings.

The killers then wrapped their bodies in blankets and set them on fire, which eventually destroyed the house and everything in it.

The slayings occurred one month after their brother, Jorge Andrés Padilla, 24, was found dead on Camino Real road.

In a complaint filed on Jan. 12 at the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office, two men being investigated for homicide said they were arrested along with Jorge Andrés Padilla and taken to a police station, where they claim Leyzaola and the police officers beat their friend to death.

"We saw when the Chief of Police Julián Leyzaola and the officers that detained us beat Jorge Andrés Padilla until they killed him," the men said in the complaint. "And after killing him, we saw and heard Mr. Julián Leyzaola order the officers to go dump the body at the Camino Real road to get rid of the evidence."

Officials of the police department would not return calls for comment about the complaint.

The mother said she no longer wants an investigation because she fears for the safety of her remaining children.

She said all she wants to do is to bury her sons, who were killed Saturday. But the state prosecutor's office is delaying the return of their bodies.

"I only want all this to be over. I still have five little kids to take care of," the mother said.

State prosecutor's office spokes man Arturo Sandoval said that by regulation, forensic authorities must run a DNA test on every burnt body under their custody to confirm its identity.

"We know by the mother's testimony that they are her children, but since they are burn victims, we must conduct genetic tests to confirm the bodies belong to the persons she says they are," he said.

Sandoval could not say how long it would take forensic authorities to identify the bodies and return them to their mother.

Additional note:

Acusan a policías de Juárez de asesinato

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12 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Names of sons and the address - what it helps anymore for mother to ask for anonymity?

Anonymous said...

She has other children to protect.

Anonymous said...

@January 12, 2012 5:05 PM

You don't think if someone wants to get to her they can't get the names of her other children and herself's too? Address and two names is enough to profile out any persons connected to that address - anywhere in the world.
If she's thinking she's safe now "unidentified" and accusing Leyzaola about murders (directly or not) in media, she's just crazy or stupid or both.

How much you think it could take to get straight into Juarez' police data base for outsiders? I don't think it would take a fortune. :D

Anonymous said...

Two-Face officers of the Law. Thats why its sometime better without having any siblings..Family members are very fragile when this type of pain starts running in their mind for their rest of their living lives..Same goes for the bad.. They will continue this way until their fate is answer.

Anonymous said...

Wow, whoever did this will burn in hell. No parent should ever have to lose three kids by the people that are supposed to protect them and for wanting justice. God help us all!

Anonymous said...

OMG. It's clear who did this.

Israel said...

What has this world come to...

Anonymous said...

Like i said about 2 weeks ago Julian Leyzaola is an asshole and sinks to the level of the cartel criminals he a dog just like them the only difference is that he has a badge and is about to get away with ordering and commiting murders as well as ordering kiddnappings and making people disapear from the face of the earth he's a scumbag with a badge he should be sent to jail or killed to bad the first attempt on his crooked life failed they need to acomplish his asassination

Anonymous said...

like ive said before leysaola is in el cartel de juarez hit list.. he continues to act as if hes the ultimate law, the sinaloa cartel is thinnin here in juarez and there are no more federales and military to protect them.. they already ambusshed all those police men 2 days ago, soon there wont be anyone to protect him now that the cartel is cleaning out chihuahua especially the juarez area and without sinaloa that piece of shit leysaola will appear burned alive at that camino real road as one more dead..

Anonymous said...

like ive said before leysaola is in el cartel de juarez hit list.. he continues to act as if hes the ultimate law, the sinaloa cartel is thinnin here in juarez and there are no more federales and military to protect them.. they already ambusshed all those police men 2 days ago, soon there wont be anyone to protect him now that the cartel is cleaning out chihuahua especially the juarez area and without sinaloa that piece of shit leysaola will appear burned alive at that camino real road as one more dead..

Anonymous said...

OK police, military, citizens this is where you show who you are. These fuckheads should be shot and hung from the light poles until only bones are left. Medieval punishment is the only thing they understand.

In 14th Century Paris they hung criminals from a huge gallows outside and downwind of the City and took them down only after the bones were completely stripped. No relatives, friends, etc. were allowed to go near the gallows so the bodies could not be taken down. Leyzaola should be first.

Anonymous said...

I dunno I highly doubt this woman's sons were murdered at random. I mean to be shot and than burned seems personal! As far as, her other son being murdered by the police on Leyzaola orders...well the so-called witnesses are murder suspects, so their credibility is zero. And if what they are saying is true, why wouldn't Leyzaola kill them too? I'm sorry this lady's sons were probably involved in the drug game and it caught up to them!

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