Monday, April 9, 2012

Mexican Zeta Barraza Bocanegra Remains A Fugitive From Justice For Killing Activist Escobedo Ortiz In Chihuahua

Héctor Miguel Flores Morán

Barraza Bocanegra allegedly ordered Morán, aka, "El Payaso" to killed Escobedo Ortiz who was seeking justice for her murdered daughter.

By H. Nelson Goodson
April 9, 2012

Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico - Mexican federal authorities confirmed that Zeta member Sergio Rafael Barraza Bocanegra, 25, remains at large and has eluded justice for several homicides. Barraza Bocanegra is accused of hiring and ordering his accomplice Héctor Miguel Flores Morán, 30, aka, "El Payaso" or José Rodríguez Flores to kill activist Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, 52, on December 16, 2010. Marisela's brutal murder by Morán was captured by a video surveillance camera outside a government state building. Morán who worked for la Muñeca gang of kidnappers was reported killed on September 7, 2011 by police. Authorities recovered Morán's Sig Sauer model P239, 9mm handgun connected to 12 homicides between April to August 2011, including Marisela's murder in 2010, according to ballistic tests.
Bocanegra previously confessed to murdering Rubí Marisol Frayre Escobedo, 16, on September 2008 and dismembered her body and then burned it at a pig ranch to conceal the evidence. A three judge panel aquitted Barraza Bocanegra.
Bocanegra is suspected of hiring Morán to kill her mother, Marisela. She staged a nine day protest to demand justice for her daughter and was pressuring the Chihuahua state attorney general's office and the Governor Cesár Duarte to charge Bocanegra for Rubi's homicide.
The Mexican federal government had offered $3 million pesos ($230,770 U.S.) for information leading to the arrest of Morán. A $5 million pesos ($384,616 U.S.) reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Barraza Bocanegra.

(Government building surveillance video of chase and murder of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz at link:

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