Mexican Police Continue to Probe Family of Children Offered as a Sacrifice to the Santa Muerte, in Sonora
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Nothing to do with organized crime but interesting and deluded none-the-less, yes?
Police dig up the bones of two ten year olds and a 55 in Nacozari de Garcia, Sonora. There are eight detainees of the same family
Hermosillo, March 29. - The remains of three people-two boys and a woman were unearthed by police officers in the municipality of Nacozari de Garcia, Sonora. Early research suggests human sacrifices were made by a family in honor of Santa Muerte.
The bodies were identified as Jesus Octavio Martinez Yanez, a 10 year old boy nicknamed "Tete", who was reported missing on March 6, 2012; Clotilde Pacheco, 55, missing since September of 2009, and Martin Rios Chaparro, 10, disappeared in July 2010.
The director of the Municipal Police of that town Serreño, José Miguel Espinoza Osuna, explained that the corporation under his command, in coordination with a group of special agents of the State Police Investigator (PEI), decided this case after tracking down two of the subjects involved in these deaths.
So far there are eight members of one family arrested for these acts, which led the police officers to the place where they had buried their victims and confessed to the crimes perpetrated in honor of Santa Muerte.
The matriarch of the family, Silvia Meras Moreno, 44 years old
The detainees are Mere Silvia Moreno, 44 years old, who is the matriarch of the family, her spouse, Eduardo Sanchez, 37 years of age Francisca Magdalena Barrón Meras, 21, nicknamed the "Baby" , Georgina Guadalupe Barrón Meras 20, nicknamed the "Cookies" and her husband, Martin Lopez Barron, 48 years old, Ramon Omar Palacios Meras, 28 years old,
and his girlfriend Zoila Santacruz, a minor 15 years of age, named Yajaira was also detained.
One of those responsible
Espinoza Osuna said they conducted raids on two homes, but that the bones were unearthed from a property located northwest of Nacozari, where they found the lifeless body of the little "Tete" and several human remains wrapped in a blanket that his clothes were positively identified as those of Clotilde Rios Pacheco and Martín Ríos Chaparro.
It was mentioned that, in the place where the bones were unearthed, the accused without reservation or regret narrated clearly belonged to a sect that killed the 55-year-old by hitting him in the back of the head with an ax to then give stab wounds to the abdomen and to get their blood and use it as an offering to the Santa Muerte.
Excelsior.com Photos: Courtesy of Rodolfo Mercado, the newspaper Picture Nacozari
HERMOSILLO, Mexico (AP) - Eight people have been arrested for allegedly killing two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman in ritual sacrifices by the cult of La Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, prosecutors in northern Mexico said Friday.
Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the victims' blood was poured around an altar to the saint, which is depicted as a skeleton holding a scythe and clothed in flowing robes.
The grisly slayings recalled the notorious "narco-satanicos" killings of the 1980s, when 15 bodies, many of them with signs of ritual sacrifice, were unearthed at a ranch outside the border city of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas.
While Saint Death has become the focus of a cult among drug traffickers and criminals in Mexico in recent years, there have been no confirmed cases of human sacrifices in Mexico to the scary-looking saint, which is not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Worshippers usually offer candy, cigarettes and incense to the skeleton-statue.
Larrinaga said the first of the three victims was apparently killed in 2009, the second in 2010 and the latest earlier this month. Investigations indicate their throats were slit,
they had cuts on their wrists and their blood was poured around an altar to the saint, he said.
"The ritual was held at nighttime, they lit candles," Larrinaga said. "They sliced open the victims' veins and, while they were still alive, they waited for them to bleed to death and collected the blood in a container."
Authorities began investigating after the last victim, 10-year-old Jesus Octavio Martinez Yanez, was reported missing March 6 by his stepfather.
Investigations led authorities to the altar site in the Sonora city of Nacozari, about 70 miles (110 kms) south of Douglas, Arizona.
Larrinaga said the arrests were made after tests by forensic experts on Thursday found blood traces spread over 30 square meters (yards) around the altar.
Those arrested included Silvia Meraz, who Larrinaga said spread the blood around the altar, and her son Ramon Palacios, who allegedly killed the victims. The spokesman identified them as the leaders of the cult.
Larrinaga initially gave The Associated Press the wrong name for the suspected male leader, saying it was Martin Barron Lopez. The spokesman later corrected the suspect to Palacios and said the name he wrongly gave out was that of the last victim's stepfather.
Meraz answered questions to reporters when she was shown to news media Friday.
"We all agreed to do it. Supposedly she was a witch or something," she said, referring to the women victim. She did not respond to questions about the boys' killings.
The other suspects, many of them relatives, included people ranging from a 15-year-old girl to a 44-year-old woman.
The "narco-satanicos" killings of the 1980s were committed by a cult of drug traffickers who believed that ritual sacrifices would shield them from police. Victims of the cult, many of whose members are still in prison, included Mark Kilroy, a 21-year-old University of Texas pre-med student.
The narco-satanicos have no connection to the Saint Death cult, which gained widespread popularity around the 2000, although the two share some similarities. Followers of Saint Death believe they gain protection by worshipping "Death."
Re: Children Offered as a Sacrifice to the Santa Muerte, in Sonora
It is way beyond my comprehension. And it lends a new dimension to reasons for a large family. I wouldn't bother to put them on any rehabilitation list. There aren't enough hours in this life to fix 'em.