Outrage was generated by the news of the death of Magistrate Jesús Ociel Baena Saucedo, activist and defender of community rights LGBT+ whose body was found inside his home in Aguascalientes.
The news spread in local media during the morning of November 13, reaching President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's own conference. And although Rosa Icela Rodríguezhead of the SSyPC, announced that the causes of death are still unknown, the State Attorney General's Office (FGE) pointed out that the magistrate presented stab wounds.
Given the development of the investigations, politicians, activists, members of the LGBTIQ+ community and organizations urged the prompt clarification of the facts; in addition to investigate the murder with a presumption of a hate crime.
“If a hate crime is confirmed, this It will have to be a before and after", stated the legislator Patricia Mercado who joined the cries for justice for the alleged murder of the magistrate. “It opened a gap for the recognition of rights politicians of LGBT+ populations and particularly non-binary people,” he added in his publication of x.
It was at 9:00 a.m. when state authorities received notice of the death of the magistrate and his romantic partner in the Punta del Cielo residential area. This, after an escort entrusted to the security of Jesús Ociel arrived at the place and, after not receiving a response to the call, entered the home.
I learn with pain that the magistrate was found dead @ocielbaenaa luminous, vital, brave person, who with his great knowledge of law and human rights opened the way for the recognition of political rights of LGBT+ populations and in… pic.twitter.com/bmbHnt8PAA
— Patricia Mercado (@Pat_MercadoC) November 13, 2023
A little more than a year ago, in October 2022, Jesús Ociel Baena protested as the first magistrate of Latin America before the Electoral Court of Aguascalientes. In May 2023 she starred in the historic broadcast of first non-binary passport in Mexico: “In matters of enduring, I am not enduring,” he declared that day with enthusiasm.
However, the state had to provide protection to the magistrate after the murder of the activist. Ulises Nava Luna during a national LGBTI+ meeting at the Discover Museum, in Aguascalientes, — and to which the licensee had attended along with Salma Luévano Lunafirst trans woman to be elected to a federal deputy.
Days before his murder, the magistrate was the target of criticism for a photograph in which he 'simulated' a virgin, as well as a spot in which the National Electoral Institute participated (INE). The latter faced in his style with a message in x: “I will NOT stop making my Tik Toks like this, disruptive, and the one who judges!”.
Condemnations and regrets for the death of the magistrate
It was that “enormous bravery” that earned him the sympathy and admiration of several people, including Juan Pablo Delgado, director of Visible MX and Amicuswho regretted the murder and recognized his work in defense of human rights.
“We will always continue your mission to combat prejudice, remembering you and We will demand that your murder does not go unpunished", he wrote in xwhere the coordinator of the Citizen Movement (MC) also expressed himself, Clemente Castaneda; the councilor Andres Trevinoand Adolfo Cerqueda Rebollomunicipal president of Nezahualcóyotl.
The three supported the demands to the Aguascalientes authorities to clarify the facts. Castañeda supported starting the proceedings as a hate crimewhile the Mexican condemned the violence against Ociel, his partner and the LGBTI+ community.
I regret and strongly condemn the death of the Magistrade @ocielbaena and your partner. These types of events cannot continue to occur against members of the population #LGBTIQ+ ????️????????️⚧️.
We demand that the authorities and the Aguascalientes State Prosecutor's Office clarify the facts. pic.twitter.com/Os4IQNyUPC
— Adolfo Cerqueda Rebollo (@Adolfo_Cerqueda) November 13, 2023
For his part, Treviño extended the invitation to the congregation that will be done in memory and justice for the magistrate in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and which will begin this November 13 at 7:00 p.m. the Plaza de la República in Guadalajara.
The councilor Wera Lemon He also regretted “with deep pain and sadness” the news of the alleged murder of the magistrate and demanded punishment of those responsibles of the “atrocious murder” of someone who participated in March as an applicant for the INE council: “The goddesses receive you dear", he wrote in x.