Mexican Indigenous Radio Host Murdered in Guerrero
Published 3 June 2017
Slain Indigenous Mexican radio host Marcela de Jesus Natalia. | Photo: Handout via Guerrero Radio and Television
Marcela de Jesus Natalia, originally from Xochistlahuaca, was a community activist and member of the Democratic Revolution Party. Indigenous Mexican radio host Marcela de Jesus Natalia was murdered on Saturday in the southern state of Guerrero.
Jesus Natalia was shot twice by unknown attackers minutes after leaving her 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. shift at Guerrero Radio and Television, RTG, El Sol de Mexico reported. She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
“Our companion speaker Marcela de Jesus was injured and has already been transferred by air to a hospital in the port of Acapulco,” RTG Director Bismark Villanueva Bracho said in an on-air announcement shortly before her death.
Jesus Natalia, originally from Xochistlahuaca, was a community activist and member of the Democratic Revolution Party. She was the sixth journalist killed this year in Mexico, marking rising violence against representatives of the increasingly dangerous profession.
The reporter, Marcela de Jesús Natalio is still serious; They are keeping her in an induced coma
State Security spokesperson Roberto Álvarez Heredia reported that the health condition of the radio broadcaster, Marcela de Jesús Natalio, is considered serious but stable and kept under permanent medical care in a hospital in Acapulco.
In a statement, it was reported that the Guerrero government ordered immediate attention and precautionary measures for the radio announcer and her relatives.
It also arranged for the state agencies to coordinate, and asked the State Attorney General to investigate the events to identify and detain those responsible for the aggression.
He explained that after receiving first aid in a hospital in Ometepec, Marcela de Jesus was transferred in a helicopter from the state government to a hospital in Acapulco.
The Secretary of Health, Carlos de la Peña Pintos, reported that until 12:00 hours this Sunday, the worker of Radio and Television Guerrero remains in the area of intensive care.
He explained that she is sedated, with mechanical ventilatory support, without presenting symptoms of neurological deterioration, with slight fever and tachycardia, besides receiving plasma and red blood cell transfusions.
For its part, the Office of the Attorney General of the State advances in the investigations of the case to determine who was responsible and proceed to his detention.
Captured in Oaxaca the alleged aggressor of indigenous speaker in Guerrero
Agents of the State Agency of Investigations (AEI) of Oaxaca arrested Irving "N", 20 years of age, presumed responsible for the aggression against Guerrero radio and television broadcaster Marcela de Jesús Natalia, on June 3 in the municipality of Ometepec Guerrero.
This was reported by José Antonio Yglesias Arreola, head of the AEI, who said that the accused is a native of Ometepec and was arrested on Saturday, June 10, in the municipality of Tlacolula de Matamoros, about 40 minutes east of the capital of Oaxaca.
The alleged criminal was handed over to agents of the State Attorney General's Office (FGE) of Guerrero, to face the effects of criminal proceedings that are directed by apparently having attacked the life of the announcer.
The woman, indigenous Amuzga of the Costa Chica de Guerrero, was attacked with a firearm while she was in the outskirts of the radio station, in which she was the one in charge of conducting a news program, which she is still hospitalized.
On June 4, Guerrero Health Secretary Carlos de la Peña Pintos reported that until that time, the woman remained in the intensive care area, sedated, with mechanical ventilatory support, after surviving several gun impacts Of fire he received in the head and left arm.
De Jesús Natalia, 54, is from Xochistlahuaca, a municipality where she also served as president of the Integral Development of the Family (DIF).
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RTG announcer is back in Acapulco after her operation at CDMX (Mexico City)
Guererro Radio and Television announcer Marcela de Jesus Natalia was operated on to rebuild her lower jaw and was transferred to Acapulco for recovery, said her husband, Xochistlahuaca Alderman, Mario Martinez Bautista.
Her husband asked the authorities to report what was the statement given by the young man they arrested as a suspected assailant, because he said that he had already given one.
Marcela de Jesus was attacked on June 3, when she left her shift as a radio announcer at RTG at 9:30 a.m. She received two shots, one in the face and one in the forearm.
Due to the aggression, on June 14, Irving "N", a 21 year old from Ometepec, was arrested on Thursday, was sentenced to pre-trial dettention for the alleged crime of attempted homicide.
The husband of the announcer reported that Saturday night they returned to Acapulco, where they will continue the process of recovery of maxilofacial surgery that they did last week in Mexico City. Also for the injuries that she had in the head.
Mario Martinez said that Marcela de Jesus will recover without needing a new surgery. "I see her very well," he said of his wife's recovery.
Of the investigation of the fact, he indicated that they have spoken to him by telephone from Ometepec to inform him of the arrest of a young person, alleged aggressor of Marcela de Jesus, and that he was sentenced for pre-trial detention.
Martinez Bautista asked the authorities to inform him that (the person) who assaulted his wife, since he assumes that the detainee has already made a statement of the fact and considered that a 21-year-old is surely to have an accomplice.
The Radio and Television announcer of Guerrero (RTG) in Ometepec, Marcela de Jesús Natalia, has been discharged after the assault she suffered on June 3 when she left the premises of the radio station where she works. However it is unknown where her recovery continues.
Marcela de Jesus, according to the secretary of Health of the state, Carlos de la Peña Pintos, could already walk and talk.
The announcer who was injured in the forearm and face, was operated at the end of June in Mexico City to rebuild her jaw.
After surgery, she returned to Acapulco to continue her recovery at the IMSS general hospital, her husband Mario Martínez Bautista reported, one day after returning.
Public Security spokesperson Roberto Álvarez Heredia said that the announcer left the hospital days after returning. He said it is unknown where she is currently.
Only she is accompanied by state police as indicated by the precautionary measures determined by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH).
De la Peña Pintos commented that he was informed that when she was discharged she walked and talked and that she will continue her medical care in scheduled consultations.
Marcela de Jesus was attacked on June 3, when she left her shift as a radio announcer at RTG at 9:30 am.
On June 15, Oaxaca Irving "N", a 21-year-old youth from Ometepec, was arrested who was sentenced on June 21 for pre-trial detention for attempted homicide and a time limit of three months for further investigation of the case.