Crime and Violence · Human Rights and Civil Society

The brother of slain activist, Josefina Reyes Salazar, is murdered

08/19/10 – According to the ministerial police, Rubén Reyes Salazar, 49-year-old brother of slain activist Josefina Reyes Salazar, was executed and found Wednesday morning at approximately 8:30 on the principal street of the town of Guadalupe, Distrito Bravos. Armed individuals fired at him at least 19 times with an AK-47. His body, which was found at the site of execution,   “showed traces of violence, multiple wounds caused by firearm projectiles across the corporal surface,” cites the protocol released by the States Prosecutors Office of Chihuahua (Procuraduría Estatal de Chihuahua). Authorities do not know who is responsible but an investigation is underway.

On January 3rd of this year his sister, Josefina Reyes Salazar, was executed by armed individuals who attempted to kidnap her near a barbecue stand located on Juárez Porvenir highway in the community of Loma Blanca. She had led a movement against repression and human rights violations focused on the Mexican Army and Federal Police. According to the online news source La Jornada, she took part in social activism in the agricultural area of the valley of Juárez and gained notoriety by carrying out a hunger strike outside of the Attorney General’s Office (Procuraduría General de la República – PGR) demanding that Miguel Ángel Reyes be located – he had been “picked up” my military personnel on August 21, 2008 and freed one month later. She had been arrested on several occasions for protesting and one of her sons, Julio César, was murdered in the valley of Juárez.


Silva, Mario Héctor. “Asesinan a hermano de activista Josefina Reyes.” El Universal. 18 Agosto, 2010.

González, Félix. “Matan al hermano de activista asesinada.” Norte Digital. 19 Agosto, 2010.

Villalpando, Rubén. “Ejecutan en Juárez a hermano de la activista social Josefina Reyes.” La Jornada. 19 Agosto, 2010.

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