CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – A kidnapping suspect’s house in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s most violent city, was attacked with Molotov cocktails by gunmen, leaving three children and the woman’s mother with serious burns, police said.
Eunice Ramirez was one of 15 members of a kidnapping gang arrested last month by Chihuahua state authorities.
The 19-year-old escort allegedly used her work at conferences to identify and attract victims for the group.
Ramirez’s notoriety grew when Mexican media found her Facebook page, which featured photos of her accompanied by police at trade fairs and other events.
The gunmen threw the fire bombs inside the house in the Florestas de San Jose subdivision in Ciudad Juarez, a gritty border metropolis that has become Mexico’s murder capital, Federal Police spokesmen said.
Ramirez’s mother, her daughter and two other children, ages 6 and 9, were inside the house.
The four were rushed to a clinic, where emergency room doctors treated them for second- and third-degree burns, doctors said.
The gunmen, according to Federal Police spokesmen, left a message on one of the house’s walls that read: “Por marranos atte. La Línea” (For being filthy swine. Sincerely, La Linea).
La Linea is the armed wing of the Juarez drug cartel.
The attack occurred Monday morning and was carried out by four subjects traveling in an SUV, eyewitnesses said.
Ramirez and the other 14 suspected members of the kidnapping gang, whose leader was Jorge Puentes Gonzalez, known as “El Arqui,” appeared before a judge on Nov. 1.
The gang’s members face aggravated kidnapping charges, which could result in life prison sentences, state prosecutors said.
The Juarez and Sinaloa drug cartels, backed by hitmen from local street gangs, have been fighting for control of the border city.
A total of 2,756 people have been murdered this year in Ciudad Juarez, according to a press tally based on figures from the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office, topping the homicide figure for all of last year.
A total of 350 murders were registered in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, last month, making October the bloodiest month of the year in the city, the Chihuahua state AG’s office said in a report last week. EFE