A married lesbian couple, Nohemí Medina Martínez and Yulizsa Ramírez from Texas, USA, were tortured and shot before their bodies were dismembered and left in two trash bags after visiting their families in Mexico.
According to the Chihuahua state attorney general’s office, the bags containing the bodies of the two women, 28, were found about 17 miles apart on a stretch of the Juárez-El Porvenir road. Sunday morning January 16 in the streets of the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juárez.
One of the bodies was in the San Agustín neighborhood and the other was found at the entrance to the village of Jesus Carranza in what police consider a homophobic crime.
Mexican newspaper El Diario reported that they were visiting family members in Ciudad Juárez, but family members last saw the couple on Saturday.
It’s still unclear how long the couple, who married in 2021 and were mothers of three, lived in Mexico.
Karen Arvizo, director of the Chihuahua Committee for Sexual Diversity, said; “The concern is that the authorities will do absolutely nothing,” reports the Daily Mail.
“We feel like we’re treated like second-class citizens and really don’t matter.”
On Monday, authorities in Ciudad Juárez found the bodies of two other women at an intersection in the Patria-Zaragoza neighborhood. They had also been tortured and shot. They have not been identified.
It is not known if the four murders are connected. The investigation is ongoing.