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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Woman decapitated in Mexico for web posting: Update

by:Mark Stevenson

Police found a woman's decapitated body in a Mexican border city on Saturday, alongside a handwritten sign saying she was killed in retaliation for her postings on a social networking site.

The gruesome killing may be the third so far this month in which people in Nuevo Laredo were killed by a drug cartel for what they said on the internet.

Morelos Canseco, the interior secretary of northern Tamaulipas state, where Nuevo Laredo is located, identified the victim as Marisol Macias Castaneda, a newsroom manager for the Nuevo Laredo newspaper Primera Hora.

The newspaper has not confirmed that title, and an employee of the paper said Macias Castaneda held an administrative post, not a reporting job. The employee was not authorized to be quoted by name.

But it was apparently what the woman posted on the local social networking site, Nuevo Laredo en Vivo, or "Nuevo Laredo Live," rather than her role at the newspaper, that resulted in her killing.

The site prominently features tip hotlines for the Mexican army, navy and police, and includes a section for reporting the location of drug gang lookouts and drug sales points - possibly the information that angered the cartel.

The message found next to her body on the side of a main thoroughfare referred to the nickname the victim purportedly used on the site, "La Nena de Laredo," or "Laredo Girl." Her head was found placed on a large stone piling nearby.

"Nuevo Laredo en Vivo and social networking sites, I'm The Laredo Girl, and I'm here because of my reports, and yours," the message read. "For those who don't want to believe, this happened to me because of my actions, for believing in the army and the navy. Thank you for your attention, respectfully, Laredo Girl...ZZZZ."

The letter "Z'' refers to the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel, which is believed to dominate the city across from Laredo, Texas.

By late Saturday, the chat room at Nuevo Laredo en Vivo was abuzz with fellow posters who said they knew the victim from her online postings, and railing against the Zetas, a gang founded by military deserters who have become known for mass killings and gruesome executions.

They described her as a frequent poster, who used a laptop or cell phone to send reports.

"Girl why didn't she buy a gun given that she was posting reports about the RatZZZ ... why didn't she buy a gun?" wrote one chat participant under the nickname "Gol."

Earlier this month, a man and a woman were found hanging dead from an overpass in Nuevo Laredo with a similar message threatening "this is what will happen" to internet users. However, it has not been clearly established whether the two had in fact ever posted any messages, or on what sites.

Residents of Mexican border cities often post under nicknames to report drug gang violence, because the posts allow a certain degree of anonymity.

Social media like local chat rooms and blogs, and networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, are often the only outlet for residents of violence-wracked cities to find out what areas to avoid because of ongoing drug cartel shootouts or attacks.

Local media outlets, whose journalists have been hit by killings, kidnappings and threats, are often too intimidated to report the violence.

Mexico's Human Rights Commission says eight journalists have been killed in Mexico this year and 74 since 2000. Other press groups cite lower numbers, and figures differ based on the definition of who is a journalist and whether the killings appeared to involve their professional work.

While helpful, social networking posts sometimes are inaccurate and can lead to chaotic situations in cities wracked by gang confrontations. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, just south of Tamaulipas, the state government dropped terrorism charges last week against two Twitter users for false posts that officials said caused panic and chaos in late August.

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  1. My brother knew this girl and he occasionally talked to her, in fact he's "Gol". I've also seen her post on Nuevo Laredo en Vivo myself, I think it is her. I wonder how Los Zetas found out about her whereabouts.

  2. Probably bragged a lot.

  3. This is the same type of behaviour that has gotten the Zeta's where they are right now !! Being the Hunted. New Generation has stepped up efforts to eliminate the Zeta's for this type of Behaviour and yet they continue all be it not in the State of Veracruz but still.. And for what, Doing her job ??

  4. They do this because they're scared. They think gruesome acts like this will scare people away but nobody is going to turn a blind eye to them. People are always going to speak out. They can will not be immune from justice forever. Either the police or the other cartel animals will wipe each other out. Their days are very limited either way. It's a fight they will never win. It's just too sad that innocents get caught in-between.

  5. Why did she do something so stupid on the internet like this? did she not see the other reports last week of the others who were killed because of internet activity which the Zeta's were mad about? she should had known that they can track people over the internet and get them if they are in Mexico and in their territory. If she was in deep America then would be a different story but no she was foolish enough to do it in Mexico!!!! wow


  7. They are cowards and as such act accordingly.
    I am sorry to hear what happened to the Lady and other victims of these cowards.
    It takes many of then against one or two or they do it from behind but no bravery involved.

  8. I'm sorry for the loss of this brave woman at the hands of these cowards. Don't let her loss go in vain and report cartel members in Mexico and drug users/dealers in the U.S. We as a community can change the course and should do so to honor this international hero.

    God Bless her.

  9. I don't get why she didn't try and go before they arrived at least I mean I know if I posted a load of details about a cartel online knowing that I could be tracked down I would not just sit there I would get the f**k outta dodge!!! she must had known so why did she just stay there? oh well

  10. Nuevo Laredo is not a massive city. Much of the population are migrants coming back and forth from the US. The permanent population is a fairly tight knit city. It does not take long to find someone.

  11. Well Mexico another referance for how civilized the place is. There is no effective law enforcement because of the huge corruption.

  12. How fuckin sad!!! They don't got nothing better to fuckin do lord so many killings and just because ppl r on the net saying things about them dam it's called freedom of speech they ain't GODS!! and Mexico should really take good some serious action....they killing their own race Fuckin Sad!!! Instead of killing all them people they should do that to child molesters and rapist but of course not it's not of their convenience...cowards is what they are They give Mexico a bad name...instead of trying to better it and be united look no wonder Mexico is the way it island looks the way is....ITS NEVER GONNA CHANGE IF SOMEONE DOESN'T TAKE ACTION


  14. is time for us in the u.s to do something!..but what?

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