Miriam Rodriguez Martinez was a brave mother who went out of her way to find justice for her daughter, who was kidnapped and murdered by the notorious drug cartel, the Zetas.
This woman did not stop until the gang members were jailed, giving information to the police that essentially ensured their arrest. She helped head a group of 600 families who were searching for their disappeared relatives.
Not many people cross dangerous Mexican drug gangs and get to live to tell the tale, and that is exactly what happened to Mrs. Martinez. She was found shot in her home in San Fernando.
Mexican mother’s day is May 10th, and they ironically chose that day to kill her. She was murdered by one of the gang members who escaped jail. Police protection was requested, but it was denied, which ended her life.
This act of police incompetence might have directly resulted in her death. The state prosecutors on the case are insisting that the police did their fair duty, but an investigation will be underway.
It’s a sad way to go for such a strong woman, but at least she will be reunited with her daughter in heaven.
State prosecutor Irving Barrios told a news conference that security needs had been met and police officers made rounds three times a day. Her family disputes this.
The Mexican human rights commission issued a statement saying it deplored her murder and called for a full investigation. Mrs Rodríguez founded the local group for families who were victims of violence after her daughter, Karen Alejandra, was kidnapped in 2012. She had managed to find her daughter’s body in a clandestine grave and put her murderers in jail.
She also foiled an attempted kidnapping by the Zetas of her husband, when she chased the gang in her car, at the same time notifying the army who then managed to arrest them.
According to one of her fellow campaigners, Mrs Rodríguez felt she could not sit back after her daughter’s killers were caught.
“She told us that she was incomplete, that although she had found her daughter, nothing would ever return to normal for her,” Graciela Pérez told the BBC. Ms Pérez, who also has a missing daughter, described the murdered activist as someone “with a very strong, caring and cheerful character”.