On my way back from buying vegetables today I ran into Francisco, a young man who lives in our neighborhood. I asked did he have a cold, as he looked like many of us have in the past few weeks with “la gripe”. No, he said, actually…my mother was killed this morning. I was stupefied. I could do nothing but hug him for consolation. His mother does not live in our neighborhood, but in Rosario de Mora, a neighborhood 20-30 minutes down the road which is infested with gang violence. We saw a short piece on the news about it on the news today: a woman, 40 years of age was stabbed to death approximately 6:00am. The national civil police (PCN) say a gang member from”MS” entered her home and attacked her. They say it may be due to “rencillas personales” – a personal quarrel. A friend in the neighborhood and I are going to the wake (“vela”) tonight to pay our respects.
This appears to be the news link, if I have the correct woman.