Things That Matter

Authorities Are Investigating The Tragic Death Of A Couple In Front Of Their Son While On Vacation In Guerrero

New grisly details have emerged out about the murders of a Utah couple that left their 12-year-old son injured on the side of a road in Mexico. Paul Nielsen, 52, and his wife Janet Vázquez, 44, were traveling through the state of Guerrero early in the morning on July 18 on their way to a vacation they had planned in Zihuatanejo, a popular tourist spot. But some point on their way there, the couple was attacked, shot, and killed. Their son, Kevin, was in the car with them, but CNN says he was not shot. 

Many are looking for answers and wondering how this could have happened.

Credit: @CNN / Twitter

According to a family statement, the couple was being followed by three vehicles and shortly after they were being chased after. When Vasquez realized they were in danger, she shouted and Nielsen accelerated the vehicle with the assailants opening fire on them. Nielsen would lose control of his car and crashed on the side of the road. The attackers would pulled him and his family out of the car, robbed them and placed them in another vehicle. 

“They were driving on the highway when three vehicles began chasing them and Kevin said that his mother shouted that they were going to assault them,” Nielsen’s daughter, Priscilla, said in a statement to the New York Post. “Our dad accelerated. Kevin heard shots fired, our dad lost control of the car and it went off the road.”

While it’s still unclear at what point Nielsen and Vazquez were killed, a statement explained that the couple was driven to another area where their bodies were dumped on the side of the road.

“Our family is absolutely devastated over the loss of our dad,” Nielsen’s family said in a statement, adding they received a call notifying them of his death back in July 18. “We were very close to him. His family was his world, and he wasn’t just our father, he was one of our best friends.” 

Now investigators hope that the couples son, Kevin, might have some answers that will lead to finding potential suspects.

Credit: @ksl.com / Twitter

Their 12-year-old son is still “very traumatized” by the events and is still trying to recount all of the events that happened that day. Kevin was reportedly left on the side of the road, injured, and tried to flag down passing motorists but didn’t receive help until state police arrived. 

The U.S. Department of State said in a statement on Tuesday that the agency was “aware of reports of the death of an American citizen in Guerrero, Mexico,” but have yet to identify Nielsen or Vasquez by name.

“The State Department has an active travel advisory for certain areas of Mexico, including the state our dad was planning on driving through,” the family said in a statement. “Though he was usually a careful person, he must not have seen that advisory and that ignorance had tragic results that will affect all of us for the rest of our lives.”

Nielsen split time between the U.S and Mexico as Vasquez was his second wife.

Credit: @ottawasun.com / Twitter

Vasquez and Kevin both lived in Mexico and Nielsen spent time traveling between Utah and Mexico to see his family. According to CNN, the couple had a faith-based marriage. Their marriage was not legally recognized so immigration rights weren’t an option. This led to Nielsen splitting his time between Utah and Mexico to see Vasquez and his son. 

“Immigration was not a reasonable option so our dad split his time between Mexico and Utah,” Nielsen’s family said in a statement. “Our dad was the only member of the family, either in Utah or Mexico, who was bilingual, but despite that Kevin always had a soft spot for my little sister, who’s 7.”

As more details come are revealed we can only hope for the best for the family. Nielsen’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday in South Jordan, Utah.

“He loved people and though he sometimes came across as shy in public, those who knew him well saw a warm, playful and intelligent man. He loved riddles, and we often discussed problems and ideas together over the dinner table. He touched so many lives and has many friends and loved ones that are struggling with his loss.”

READ: Puerto Rico Governor Tries To End His Government’s Crisis By Appointing New Secretary Of State But Will It Be Enough?

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

Things That Matter

Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

Hector Vivas / Getty Images

Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

Credit: Hector Vivas / Getty Images

AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com

Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

Entertainment

Carlos Villagrán Is Running To Be Governor Of Querétaro

Paul Archuleta / FilmMagic

We all remember Carlos Villagrán as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho.” The actor and Mexican icon is now entering the world of politics. Villagrán is entering the race for governor of Querétaro.

Actor and comedian Carlos Villagrán wants to be governor of Querétaro.

Affectionately known as Quico from “El Chavo del Ocho,” Villagrán is someone we grew up with. Now, decades after his famous role ended, Villagrán is hoping to open a brand new chapter in his life: politics.

“After 50 years of making people laugh, I find myself on another platform, which does me a tremendous honor,” Villagrán said during a press conference after filing paperwork.

Villagrán has been thinking about entering Mexican politics for a while.

It is never easy to decide if you want to become a politician. Your private life is no longer private and everything you do is suddenly under intense scrutiny. Villagrán did take time mulling over the idea before filing his paperwork to be a candidate for governor of Querétaro. He registered under the local Querétaro Independiente Party.

“I can’t say anything, because I still don’t know anyone and I have to talk to people to find out what it is about. So, I could not say anything at this moment,” Villagrán told El Universal when still debating the idea.

Villagrán created a Twitter account after announcing his candidacy and is hitting the talking points hard.

Villagrán’s official Twitter account has only pushed tweets highlighting QiBook. The social media platform is specific to Querétaro and is hoping to foster some economic and commercial success in the state.

Fans around the world are wishing him so much success.

Villagrán character Quico is one of the most celebrated characters in Latin America. The wild success of “El Chavo del Ocho” has made Villagrán a face that people throughout Latin America know and love.

However, some people are not excited to see another entertainer enter politics.

We have seen entertainers become politicians and it isn’t always a good thing. The current governor of Morales is Cuauhtémoc Blanco, a former soccer player, and people are not loving him and his leadership. We will no better about his chances of running on Feb. 8 when things are finalized.

READ: FIFA21 Releasing ‘El Chavo Del Ocho’ Uniforms To Honor The Icon For Limited Time

Notice any needed corrections? Please email us at corrections@wearemitu.com