Chihuahua. Two witnesses to the murder of an environmentalist are murdered

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Eduardo Cruz Cruz and Isidro Cruz Bustillos were murdered prior to his statement as witnesses in the murder of activist Gloria Cañez and her daughter, indicated the Center for Women's Human Rights in Chihuahua.

Eduardo and his father, Isidro, were heading from the community of The Yerbabuena, in it municipality of Balleza, to the city of Chihuahua when they were intercepted by men with knives, the southern zone prosecutor's office reported.

The activist Gloria Cañez Chávez, 63, and her daughter, Sally Gladys Avella Cañez, 23, were brutally murdered in the municipality of Balleza, in the south of the state of Chihuahua on September 9.

Gunmen intercepted them near their home on Saturday night and according to the investigations, both They received more than 50 bullet wounds. The report from the Chihuahua prosecutor's office indicates that 50 shell casings, caliber .223 and 40 millimeters, were found at the scene.

Who was Gloria Cañez and what was her cause?

The environmentalist and indigenous rights defender fought for the preservation of ancestral lands for more than 20 years. It is presumed that the motive for the crime was due to the fight that Cañez had in relation to forestry exploitation in the Ballleza area.

According to statistics, in Chihuahua 38 activists have been murdered in the last 10 years. In fact, in 2013, Cañez's husband, Rubén Avella, was murdered in an armed attack while heading to the city of Parral.


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