The bodies of a same-sex couple from Texas have been discovered in Juarez, Mexico. Authorities believe the women were tortured, shot and then dismembered, reported El Diario.
Yulizsa Ramírez and Nohemí Medina Martínez, both 28, married last July and had three children. Mexican by nationality, they resided in El Paso, Texas.
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They had gone back to Juarez to visit family and were last heard from on Saturday. However, on Sunday, their bodies were found in trash bags scattered along the Juárez-El Porvenir highway.
The couple are two of four women who have been found killed in Juarez in four days. Authorities found another two women dumped in bags in another neighborhood on Monday. One was dead but another was still alive. She later died in hospital. Both of these women had been tortured and shot, too, but it’s unknown if the killings are related.
Juarez is known for being among the most violent areas of Mexico. Already in 2022, there have been nine women murdered since the start of the year.
Yesterday, the Chihuahua Committee for Sexual Diversity urged authorities to investigate Ramírez and Martínez’s deaths as a potential homophobic hate crime.
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In an open letter to the Mexican Secretariat of the Interior, the group said, “People of diversity have the right to live without fear of aggression that can escalate to a hate crime,” the statement said, adding: “We must avoid normalizing language of hate and [homophobia].”
EXHORTA SECRETARÍA DE GOBERNACIÓN A @MaruCampos_G A ACABAR CON LESBOFOBIA@SEGOB_mx a través de @CONAPRED y @CONAVIM_MX pidió al Gob del Estado que esclarezca el asesinato de Yulizsa y Nohemí…#JusticiaParaYulizsaYNohemi (1/3) pic.twitter.com/kLC7UNIoV2
— Comité de la Diversidad Sexual de Chihuahua (@DiversidadChih) January 19, 2022
It also called on cops to do more: “We cannot allow Chihuahua to continue to be the second state in the country with the most hate crimes, and that each year there are more.”
Last year, 1,424 of the 2,476 homicides in the state of Chihuahua took place in Ciudad Juárez. That’s around four killings a day. Authorities believe many of these were related to drug gangs.
The world is evil. The use of religion, as the below, is too often evil:
MOROCCAN MINISTRY WORKER FIRED FOR MENTIONING ‘SEXUAL ORIENTATION’
PINK NEWS – The head of literacy at Morocco’s ministry of endowments and Islamic affairs has been fired for simply mentioning sexual orientation in adult learning materials. According to The New Arab, the employee oversaw the production of adult literacy courses used in mosques, and recently released a new curriculum. But one part fo the curriculum included a quote from a book, which read: “Equality implies that people are treated equally without discrimination regardless of ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.” For Morocco’s minister of Islamic affairs, Ahmad al-Tawfiq, the mere mention of sexual orientation was a fireable offence. Al-Tawfiq conducted an investigation, and concluded that the head of literacy had been trying to “promote” homosexuality in mosques.
Yes firing him for just saying treat others with kindness is apparently crossing the line with these loonies. Just another example in a long list that religion = insanity.
I’ve heard of Juarez in Mexico but it’s never anything good. All you hear is drug gangs and murders. Forget about finding their killers since the cops are just as corrupt.
I like traveling to Mexico but I would never venture out of the tourist areas.
“Authorities found another two women dumped in bags in another neighborhood on Monday. One was dead but another was still alive. She later died in hospital. Both of those had been tortured and shot, too, but it’s unknown if the killings are related.”
Both of those? Come on Queerty. I don’t have high expectations of journalism on this site, but bare minimum would be to treat content matter as serious as this with some level of professionalism.
These people are human beings. It should be “both of them”, or if you’re using it as an identifier you could write “both of these women had been…”. By saying “both of those” you’re writing about them as things.
Well, the URL for this page includes “texas-sex-couple-found-shot”–“sex-couple”? Not “lesbian-couple” or “samesex-couple”? You have to wonder about what’s going on behind the scenes at this site sometimes.
Years ago I loved vacationing in Mexico. It’s a beautiful country with lovey little cities and beautiful beaches. And I don’t mean Cancun, I mean La Paz and all of the Baja. These days, I wouldn’t travel there for free, even to the tourist areas.
It’s so awful what happened to these four women but no one will ever be charged because the police are just as corrupt as the drug dealers. All the drug dealers have to do is give them a little money and they are their slaves forever.
Interesting that every story about a murdered trans is accompanied by a promptly-issued, tearful statement from the Human Rights Campaign. Not only does HRC respond immediately to trans deaths, but it keeps a tally of trans murders annually.
By contrast, when a gay, lesbian or bisexual person is killed, there is no such statement and no such statistical monitoring. There’s no HRC statement for these 2 women. And it took HRC nearly 2 weeks to acknowledge the recent murder of a marriage equality activist, found dead in a landfill in Florida. This is what “LGBT” is in practice, the redirection of gay rights organizations and their resources to other causes.
Interesting that you would use their deaths to campaign against trans people. You are trying to rally LGB against T and thats whack dude. We have enough enemies already.
Trans people are the most vulnerable in our community. For obvious reasons. They usually have it harder to conceal who they are in public when walking in a unsafe area. And while it gets better, they are still not nearly as accepted by society as we are.
This is obviously a hate crime. Why are we even going to Mexico, including the tourist spots, if the corrupt cops aren’t going to do anything? Stop giving these third world countries your tourist dollars, especially ones that hate lgbtq
I remember Selma Hayek trying to call attention to the situation in Juarez over a DECADE ago, and even then the problem was that drug cartels have too much influence and local officials are both corrupt and afraid to act against them.
Violence against women is especially common and, clearly, very gruesome and extreme.
I can’t imagine how their families must feel. This level of violence and desecration is inhuman.