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A 6-Year-Old Girl Was Raped And Murdered And Her Suspected Attacker Was Burned Alive By Angry Residents

Content warning: the following story contains details on two horrific crimes, including sexual abuse and violence against minors. Please reconsider reading this article if these issues are triggers.

A suspect pedophile and murderer was burnt alive by an angry mob in Chiapas, Mexico, after he was accused of ending the life of a 6-year-old girl.

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It is almost too gruesome and cruel to be believed. Alfredo Roblero, a 37-year-old man  from the municipality of Faja de Oro, was accused of sexually abusing and then decapitating Jarid N., a 6-year-old girl who was reported as missing on Thursday night.

Police officers from the neighboring city of Tapachula were called in and arrested Roblero. However, an angry mob pulled him out of the police vehicle. The mob took him to a public park, badly beat him, poured gasoline over his body and set him on fire. Some reports argue that the Tapachula police didn’t try to stop the attack.

As Mexico News Daily reports, the authorities later released a timid statement: “State police officers later arrived on the scene with forensics experts from the Chiapas Attorney General’s Office (FGE) to investigate. The FGE said it would ‘not allow the public to carry out justice by its own hand.” Sounds like too little, too late.

Sexual violence and murders against women is a sad and constant presence in Mexico’s social life, cases like this are a symptom of a much more generalized problem.

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There is no denying that to be a woman in Mexico is to be vulnerable. From archaic practices that see families basically selling their preteen daughters into marriage or prostitution to feminicides in various hotspots in the country including Ciudad Juarez and the State of Mexico, cases like Jarid N’s are scandalous but far from surprising.

There is a clear power imbalance when it comes to gender and physical threats to women are exacerbated by patriarchal discourses that basically shut down any form of political expression from women. In recent months, women have taken on the streets to protest, even painting over monuments that have long been held “sacred” by the State. But isn’t a woman’s life much more sacred than a piece of chiseled stone?

We would never condone such an act as violent and unlawful as lynching, but we gotta get some context on the justice system in Mexico.

Mexico has seen a rise in lynching in the last decade as corruption has seeped into every level of government and people have grown increasingly desperate when it comes to true justice being served. Oftentimes criminals just walk away after giving a juicy mordida (slang for bribe, but literally meaning “bite”) to the authorities, or just due to negligence or mismanagement of files and witness accounts.

Added to this, potential witnesses often feel intimidated by the authorities or the perpetrators and prefer to remain silent even if this means that unspeakable acts will go unpunished. So before you get on your high horse, take this context into account. As we said, we don’t condone this acts but the lawlessness in which vast sectors of Mexican society have survived helps explain why some see this as the only possible way in which justice can be served for someone who raped and severed the head of a little girl. 

There is also an ages-long mistrust of the government in Chiapas

The lynching of this man, as we said, is a crime in itself. It is important, however, to get some context. Chiapas, the southern state in which the lynching occurred, has a long history of mistrust of the Mexican government at one point the state even sought independence. Chiapanecos have been let down by everyone: members of every major political party (PRI, PAN, PRD) have governed the state and they have all come short on their promises. It is no coincidence that the now legendary Zapatista rebellion was born in this state. It would be a gross and big claim to say that all of this is directly related to the lynching, but these factors have certainly lay a fertile ground for citizens taking matters into their own hands. 

The Bodies Of A California Couple Were Found On Their Tijuana Property And Now Police Have Uncovered Two More

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The Bodies Of A California Couple Were Found On Their Tijuana Property And Now Police Have Uncovered Two More

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Last week a California couple was reported missing by their family in Garden Grove – a suburb of Los Angeles. The couple had traveled to Tijuana (where they were originally from) to collect the rent from the tenant who was living on their property. Unfortunately, they never returned home.

With the ever increasing violence in Tijuana, their family feared the worse and a few days later was confirmed when police located their bodies. However, the story continues to develop as a total of three more bodies have been found on their property.

Investigators say that two more bodies (for a total of 5) have been discovered on a Tijuana property where a California couple disappeared.

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Jesus Ruben Lopez Guillen, 70, and his wife Maria Teresa Lopez, 65, of Garden Grove, a couple with dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, vanished on January 10 after they crossed the border to collect more than $6,700 in rent from tenants of two houses they owned in Tijuana. Their bodies turned up in one of the houses, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, citing Mexican investigators.

The attorney general’s office for the state of Baja California, just south of San Diego, said late Saturday the second set of bodies – one male and the other female – are in a state of advanced decomposition. All four bodies were covered in lime when they were found by investigators.

The story started when the couple traveled to Tijuana to collect rent on properties they owned – and then never returned to California.

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When the couple failed to return home the next day, their daughter, Norma Lopez, reported the couple missing.

Garden Grove police opened a missing person case after the Guilléns were reported missing. Garden Grove police Lt. Carl Whitney said their daughter had been tracking her parents though the Find My iPhone app, which last showed the couple at their property in the Colonia Obrero neighborhood south of downtown Tijuana, about four miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. Then the phone went dead, and she could not track them anymore, Whitney said.

Police have since arrested their son-in-law in connection with the murders.

The man accused of killing the couple, their son-in-law, was ordered by a judge to remain in police custody while the state’s prosector’s office continues to gather evidence. According to authorities, they likely have enough evidence to charge him the murders of each of the victims found on the two properties.

Authorities suspect the man killed his in-laws in a dispute over money. They say he confessed to burying them on one of their properties, where he lived.

The judge during the hearing Sunday ruled Santiago will remain in jail under “forced disappearance” charges.

A “forced disappearance” charge is not as serious as a homicide charge, but it is still a felony in Mexico. It means the man is accused of trying to make the couple disappear. The charge can be used in cases of living or deceased victims. The man also was accused of something similar to obstruction of justice, for allegedly misleading investigators and refusing to assist in the investigation.

Prosecutors said investigators have obtained cell phone records, text messages and video camera footage of the defendant and of the victims’ truck — evidence prosecutors said contradicted his statements to police.

A Teenage Football Player In Indiana Has Been Sentenced To Prison For Killing A Cheerleader Pregnant With His Baby

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A Teenage Football Player In Indiana Has Been Sentenced To Prison For Killing A Cheerleader Pregnant With His Baby

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An Indiana teenager has confessed to killing a fellow student because she was too far along in her term pregnancy to have an abortion. Aaron Trejo was 16 years old when he and 17-year-old Breana Rouhselang started up the cliche football player-cheerleader romance that unwittingly resulted in a pregnancy. Trejo, a then-member in good standing of the school’s football team, was angry that Rouhselang waited until she was six months pregnant to tell him that he was the father. According to court documents, neither one of them wanted the child, but Trejo took matters into his own hands and spent a week planning her murder.

In December 2018, Trejo confessed to the murder. On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 65 years in prison for homicide and feticide.

Aaron Trejo stabbed her, choked her with her scarf and put her body in a dumpster.

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In December 2018, Trejo entered a ‘not guilty’ plea for the homicide of Rouhselang and for the feticide of their fetus. Earlier that week, police found Rouhselang’s body in a dumpster after she was reported missing. Rouhselang told her mom that she was going to meet Trejo around behind their Mishawaka home around 11 p.m. When her mom woke up a few hours later, around 1 a.m., she was concerned that Rouhselang was still not back. She went over to Trejo’s home, a few blocks away, to ask where Rouhselang was, but he told her that she never showed up to talk in the alley behind her home. He also told Rouhselang’s mother that he lost his phone and that she wouldn’t be able to reach him.

Investigators found Rouhselang’s glasses and a “stocking cap” that belonged to Rouhselang. “There was apparent blood on the hat,” a probable cause affidavit said.  Investigators searched the premises and businesses nearby and found her body in a dumpster with a black plastic garbage bag placed over her head and torso.

Trejo was brought in for questioning and within a few hours confessed to the whole thing.

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The investigator who interrogated Trejo said in an affidavit that “there were several pauses and quiet times” during the questioning. Soon enough, he asked Trejo if they ever fought about the pregnancy, to which “Aaron Trejo quietly said, ‘Yes.’ Aaron then explained that Breana waited too long to tell Aaron about the pregnancy to get an abortion,” according to the affidavit. When the detective asked Trejo “what he did about that,” he replied, “I took action … I took her life.”

Trejo had plotted to kill Rouhselang for a week. He brought a knife and a garbage bag from his home over to the alley behind her house where they were to meet and stabbed her in the heart. He thought that using a knife would kill her quickly. “Trejo said that he had been planning and thinking about killing Breana and the baby for about a week and had not told anybody,” the affidavit states. Trejo threw Rouhselang’s phone and knife into the river after he threw her body into a dumpster.

Autopsy reports found that she was also strangled with her own scarf.

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The autopsy confirmed that she died from multiple stab wounds and that “her scarf had been tied so tightly that strangulation was occurring before Breana died.” Rouhselang’s own father and stepmother had no idea that she was pregnant. “We’re just in shock, really. We’re in disbelief that this is going on,”  Breana’s stepmom, Nicole Rouhselang, told ABC. “I woke up this morning and wanted to send her a text. But, there’d be nobody on the other end.”

Trejo’s family has since been bombarded with hate messages on social media, but his aunt, Alexzaundra Patton-Manu told the New York Post that “We just want everybody to stop trying to harass everybody in our family. We didn’t do nothing wrong.” Patton-Mandu added that Trejo had suffered a “bad concussion” a few months prior and “that could have messed with his mind.” 

Breana Rouhselang has been remembered as a “precious, beautiful, innocent, well-loved young woman.”

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Rouhselang’s obituary cites that her baby would have been a girl, to be named Aurora MacKenzie Rouhselang. She was looking forward to receiving a letter at a sports banquet the afternoon after she was murdered, and planned to study athletic training in college. Breana Rouhselang was Mishawaka High School’s football team manager, a softball coach and a cheerleader. 

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