Documentary of Slain Juarez Activist Is Available on Netflix
Growing up on the border, I'm no stranger to the words "ni una mas" or "not one more" in English. The killings of women in Juarez was always a constant worry for my family and for many people in the borderland. in 2008, another death would be added to the growing list of murdered women when 16 year old Rubi Marisol Frayre Escobedo was killed.
Following the murder of her daughter, Marisela Escobedo would work tirelessly to find justice. Her story is now being told in Netflix's documentary "Las Tres Muertes de Marisela Escobedo" or "The Three Deaths of Marisela Escobedo". The documentary explores Escobedo's tireless crusade to find the murderer of her daughter- which ultimately ends with Escobedo's death.
Escobedo's story is told by her sons, friends, family and legal representatives. In 2008, her daughter's death was initially dismissed by officials because there was no proof, no witnesses and no body. Rubi's death would be counted, symbolically, as Escobedo's first death. Escobedo, doing her own investigation and trusting her mother's intuition, discovered that her daughter was murdered by her former boyfriend, Sergio Barraza. Barraza confessed, was arrested and led officials to Rubi's body- which was found in a hog farm in Juarez, in a trash bag, dismembered and burned.
Barraza's trial was seen as the beginning of justice. Escobedo was confident that he would be punished to the full extent of the law. Instead, all three judges found him innocent claiming there was a lack of evidence and that his confession was coerced. Barraza was a free man. This would be the second death of Escobedo. Escobedo then went onto lead many protests and marches. Escobedo gained international attention when suddenly, the judges overturned the acquittal and sentenced Barraza for murder. Unfortunately, at this time, Barraza had run out of the state and became a fugitive.
Escobedo, once again doing her own investigation, was able to find his location. One night, while protesting outside of the Chihuahua State Governor's office, Escobedo was shot and killed- her third and final death. The documentary shows footage of Escobedo's many marches and protests across Juarez and Chihuahua. The case brought national attention, and even some few (minor) changes to the laws in Mexico. The documentary does a great job showcasing how strong the love of a mother really is.
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