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Slain crusader’s family business hit in Mexico

Sun., Dec. 19, 2010

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Relatives of an anti-crime crusader who was gunned down this week outside a Mexican state governor’s office had their family business burned down Saturday by unknown arsonists, firefighters reported.

The blaze that consumed the lumber operation in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, was apparently set intentionally, the local fire department said.

The business belongs to the family of Jose Monge, the husband of Marisela Escobedo Ortiz, who waged a two-year battle to bring her 17-year-old daughter’s killer to justice before she herself was shot to death.

Escobedo’s daughter, Rubi Frayre Escobedo, disappeared in Ciudad Juarez in 2008, and her burned, dismembered remains were found the following June. Escobedo launched a campaign pressing for justice in the case.

Security video recorded her killing Thursday night by a masked gunman who pulled up in a car and shot her in the head.


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