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Mexican manhunt for killers of seven-year-old femicide victim amidst wave of gender violence

Mexican authorities said on Wednesday (February 19) they would soon issue arrest warrants for two people wanted for the murder of a seven-year-old girl in Mexico City, the latest in a series of killings that have unleashed outrage over growing violence against women.

Ulises Lara Lopez, spokesperson for Mexico City’s attorney general, said a nighttime raid on a home in the southern part of the city turned up items that helped investigators identify the suspects, a man and a woman thought to be in a close relationship and working together.

The woman is believed to be the person who was seen accompanying 7-year-old Fatima Cecilia Aldrighett as she left school last week, the last time she was seen alive.

Earlier this week, protesters gathered outside her home and school, while others took to social media to demand justice under the trending topic #JusticeForFatima.

An average of 10 women a day are killed in Mexico and 2019, the first year of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government, marked a new overall homicide record. Victims of femicide increased 10% in 2019 to over 1,000.

Also on Wednesday, police found the body of a five-month-old baby girl in the northern city of Saltillo. The baby was reportedly taken by gunpoint from her mother earlier this week.

(Production: Daniel Becerril, Rodolfo Pena Roja, Paul Vieira)

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