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Texas Police Find The Body Of Missing Mother Of Two In A Lake

Domestic violence in the country continues to be one of the leading causes of deaths toward women. On average, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Even if women try to follow the law by placing a restraining order against their partners or attempt to leave the relationship, that is sometimes not enough.

A 26-year-old mother of two had been missing for two months before police finally found her body in a lake.

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Weltzin Garcia Mireles from Grand Prairie, Texas, was first reported missing on Feb. 28. The date coincided with reports that her boyfriend, 28-year-old Alfonso Roderick Hernandez was missing as well.

On that day that Hernandez sent his family a goodbye text and also apologized to them. The disappearance of both individuals was extremely upsetting to Mireles’s family especially because she accused Hernandez of domestic abuse just a week before they went missing.

According to the reports, police had a warrant for his arrest in January on domestic violence charges. Hernandez’s body, however, had been located in another lake just a week ago. The results of his autopsy have yet to be disclosed.

Even though police had recovered his body, Mireles’ twin sister still believed she was alive.

Atziry Garcia told a local CBS news affiliate that she thought her sister could have been a victim of sex trafficking.

“People go missing every day and girls go missing every day, and they don’t know where they are,” Atziry Garcia told the news channel.  “Maybe my sister is one of those girls that was taken against her will and doing sex trafficking.”

In a March 21 Facebook post, Atziry stated that she didn’t believe that her sister’s boyfriend could have harmed her.

“There is no doubt that someone took advantage of my sister’s situation,” she said. “Alfonso loved my sister very much and he would never do something like that to her or his family.”

The Dallas News is reporting that police will continue to investigate this case including Mireles’ cause of death.

Aside from her twin sister, Mireles leaves behind two small children ages 3 and 6.

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A Gofundme page has been set up to help with funeral costs and to assist her children.

“There are two small children involved who are now being cared for by the victims’ twin sister who desperately wants answers and needs help to support these two children in addition to her own three. Please consider donating in support of this family.”

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Domestic Violence Victims Have Been Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Abusers During Lockdowns

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Domestic Violence Victims Have Been Using Code Words At Pharmacies To Escape Abusers During Lockdowns

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As lockdowns continue to occur across Europe, Asia and the Americas, worrying reports of domestic abuse have spiked.

According to news outlets, women and men who are victims of domestic abuse are at risk for greater threats now more than ever. With so much of the world in lockdown, reports have said that many confined to their homes with their domestic abusers could become victims of the pandemic.
In a report by CNN, multiple studies proclaimed “that emotionally stressful events can lead to an increase in aggressive behavior at home. Researchers identified such spikes during the 2008 economic crisis, when major natural disasters hit, and also during big football tournaments.”

According to Lucha y Siesta women’s shelter in Rome, the crisis has made abuse all the worse.

According to an interview with Lucha y Siesta and CNN, one young woman had contacted the women’s shelter with reports of a controlling relationship turned violent. The unknown woman told Lucha Y Siesta that ” her partner of four years had always been controlling and abusive but had become much worse during the lockdown.”

With the current public health crisis overwhelming Italy’s resources the country has been forced to turn its direction towards fighting the virus as opposed to helping victims.

“The court procedures are working slower than usual because most people are working from home,” Simona Ammerata a woman who works for Lucha y Siesta and spoke to CNN explained. “The fear is that the legal decrees to protect women won’t be put in place in time.”

Domestic abuse searches have surged in countries across the globe. Not just Italy. Australia and the UK are among some of the countries to report these findings.

Refuge, a domestic violence charity based out of Great Britain has also rung the alarms about similar concerns.

According to CNN, victims of domestic abuse have been using trips to supermarkets and pharmacies to ask for help as strict rules about remaining in quarantine have made it particularly difficult for abused women to escape abusers.

Codeword: “Mask 19.”

Victims of abuse have reportedly been using the codeword “Mask 19” in interactions with pharmacists behind their local counters toa ask for help. According to Elle magazine, local authorities in Spain and the Canary Islands launched an action last week that supports domestic abuse victims in making reports. Those who are incapable of outrightly making complaints to staff about their abuse, are using the code “mask 19.”

Selena Is The First Latina Inducted Into Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail Of Fame

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Selena Is The First Latina Inducted Into Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail Of Fame

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Selena Quintanilla has been a very important part of the Latino community since she first started to record music. Her sound is something we all know and grew up with. Finally, after so many years, the Tejano singer is finally being honored by the Houston Rodeo’s Star Trail of Fame.

Selena Quintanilla made history when her name was added to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Star Trailer of Fame.

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Selena performed at this venue three times throughout her career. However, it was her last performance on Feb. 26, 2020 that left a lasting impression on fans. The show was made famous by her iconic purple jumpsuit. It was her last concert and it will live in the memory of her fans forever.

Twenty-five years after Selena performed at the iconic venue, the Tejano singer was finally given a top honor.

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Of course, Selena’s sister Suzette and brother A.B. III were there to revel in the accomplishments of their sister. Selena’s induction to the Star Trail of Fame is historic because she is the first Latina ever inducted into the trail. Other members of the Star Trail of Fame are Elvis, Reba McIntire, and George Strait.

Selena is the second woman ever inducted to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Star Trail of Fame.

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Selena was inducted on two very important days for her induction. It was both International Woman’s Day and Go Tejano Day as the late Tejano singer was honored by the group. Despite having been dead for two decades, Selena continues to inspire Latinos through her music.

It might have taken a very long time, but the honor is one that Selena definitely deserves.

With a handful of English-language songs, Selena made the jump from Latin music to mainstream pop. Her influence is still seen today when celebrities wear clothing with her image keeping her memory alive with more than just Latino music fans.

Congratulations, Selena.

We still love and admire you. You deserve all of this recognition, mija!

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