Juárez man arrested, accused of killing 2 women dumped on a street

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Chihuahua state investigators arrested a man accused of fatally shooting two women found dumped on a Juárez street last week.

The women's deaths along with those of a lesbian couple in the Valley of Juárez were the focus of protests by women and LGBTQ rights groups

Martha Karina M.G., 21, and Tania Judith R.Z., 27, were found the morning of Nov. 18 on a street in El Papalote area in the eastern part of the city, the Chihuahua attorney general's office said.

Feminist and LGBTQ rights groups protest on Thursday outside the Chihuahua state attorney general's office demanding justice for women killed in Juárez.
Feminist and LGBTQ rights groups protest on Thursday outside the Chihuahua state attorney general's office demanding justice for women killed in Juárez.

Tania was dead at the scene. Martha Karina was still alive and was taken to a hospital, where she later died of her wounds, officials said.

On Friday, investigators arrested 24-year-old Erick R.H., alias "El Gordo," on homicide charges in connection with the women's deaths, authorities said Monday.

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An argument erupted when Erick and the women were driving around in a vehicle between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Jan. 18, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

Prosecutors said that Erick allegedly forced Martha Karina out of the vehicle and shot her in the back of the head and both forearms. He then allegedly pulled Tania out and shot her in the face.

The case is pending in court proceedings.

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The women's deaths along with those of a lesbian couple in the Valley of Juárez were the focus of a protest march by women and LGBTQ rights groups last week.

There have been about 75 homicides in Juárez already this year, including the deaths of nearly a dozen women. On Monday, a burned body and a teen boy found in a vacant lot were among the latest homicides, according to local news accounts.

Daniel Borunda may be reached at 915-546-6102; dborunda@elpasotimes.com; @BorundaDaniel on Twitter.

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