Target: Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam
Goal: Prosecute the alleged murderer and apathetic police officers involved in the killing of a young Mexican woman
On December 31, 2010, Diana, a Mexican business student, was on her way home after spending time with friends. According to reports, she received an angry call from an ex-boyfriend, Gilberto, demanding to know where she had been without him. The two made plans to meet in a nearby park, where Gilberto allegedly proceeded to stab Diana to death. Later that night, Diana’s family received a call from local authorities saying that they had found Diana’s body.
Two months prior to this event, Gilberto had allegedly broken into Diana’s house when her parents were not home and demanded that she give him her cell phone. According to the report, he held a knife to her throat and beat her until she conceded. When Diana later contacted the Ministry of Public Security (now run under a different name) to demand a restraining order, police refused to grant her one, insisting that since she had ultimately handed the phone to him, Gilberto had not technically stolen it and thus was not guilty of a crime.
After her death, Diana’s father spent ten months chasing Gilberto down while authorities did nothing. He has since spent his days contacting politicians, lawyers, and law enforcement in hopes of finding justice for Diana, but has found none. Gilberto has since confessed to murdering Diana but has faced no prosecution. Tragically, Diana’s story is just one of thousands of atrocities committed against women in Mexico every day, and the perpetrators rarely face punishment for their actions.
Though nothing could ever replace their daughter, Diana’s family and community deserve to see justice served. Please sign the petition below and demand that Gilberto and the officers who mishandled the case be prosecuted and receive due punishment for their alleged actions.
Dear Attorney General Murillo Karam,
In December of 2010, 22-year-old Rosa Diana Suárez Torres was murdered in Atizapán de Zaragoza, Mexico. The alleged killer, Gilberto Campos García, has since confessed but has faced no prosecution. Two months before Suárez’s death, police refused her a restraining order against García after he allegedly broke into her home, attacked her, and stole her cell phone. These officials’ failure to act in the interests of Suárez’s safety directly allowed García an opportunity to carry out his ultimate evil intent later.
Ever since her death, Suárez’s father has spent his days contacting numerous officials in an effort to see justice served. He has been cruelly reminded, time and time again, that García’s actions against his daughter are ‘not crimes.’ There is nothing remotely permissible or justifiable about breaking and entering, theft, death threats, or murder. This case paints a heartbreaking picture of the fear and injustice in which Mexican women live on a daily basis as well as the extent to which police constantly shirk their responsibility to defend public safety.
I urge you to ensure that the Public Safety officers who refused Suárez a restraining order, as well as García himself, be found, prosecuted, and brought to justice.
[Your Name Here]
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