Residents rally against injustice after 3 go missing and one woman is murdered
Story by KSWT Staff Reporter
LOS ALGODONES, Baja California, Mexico (13 On Your Side) - 13 On Your Side attended a town hall meeting held in Los
Algodones put on by residents who were not satisfied with police action in the wake of recent
Residents of Los Algodones say they are concerned for their
safety after someone murdered a young woman there last week.
To add to their tremor, three other people have gone missing in the last few
Residents say the plaza where tourists shop is the safest
area of town because police have a heavy presence in that
area, and have stopped patrolling their neighborhoods.
At Wednesday's town hall meeting, the people were calling on police to take
A woman at the meeting, Cecilia Cazares Martinez, whose niece was murdered last week, says she left the town hall
without any answers and with very little hope justice will ever be served.
In the small town of Los Algodones, beyond the plaza
where thousands of Americans come to shop, local residents have united in
Cecilia Cazares Martinez is one of
many who wants justice.
"Hasta que el govierno haga caso,"
she said. Until the government listens to
Last week, someone murdered her
Cazares accuses police of turning a
blind eye and ignoring her when she asked them to fully investigate the murder.
Today, her voice was finally heard
after a weekend of mass protesting.
Hundreds of residents like Cazares
Martinez also attended a town hall meeting organized by police.
Police say they want to work
hand-in-hand with the community.
Cazares Martinez's niece was a young
mother who left behind a six-year-old girl.
Police claim her niece's murder is
an isolated incident of domestic violence.
13 On Your Side asked Cazares
Martinez if she believes police. She said no.
Police also called on all residents
not to be alarmed despite three other people who have gone missing.
For now, they announced the enactment
of a 10:00 p.m. curfew for all teens.
For some it is a start. But Cazares
Martinez is strongly disappointed.
She says she'll keep fighting until
the truth is exposed and justice is served.
Los Algodones police say they are
working with the federal government in Mexicali
to bring in more police to help expand their patrols into nearby neighborhoods.
But they did not promise if, or
when, that'll ever happen.
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