Tijuana, a city on the Mexican border with the United States, is facing a rising wave of femicides as violence continues to rise. This was demonstrated in a recent attack when a man killed a woman in broad daylight after apparently aiming to steal her cell phone.
The attack occurred n the urban area of Río Tijuana on the Manuel Márquez de León street, when the woman of a 35-year-old, yet to be formally identified, was calmly walking while looking at her phone and a man, dressed in black, approacched her. He fired at her several times at point blank range, resulting in her immediate death. The assailant then proceeded to take her cell phone and getaway in a Toyota pickup truck. Horrified residents have been left shaken as this event comes on the heels of an overall increase in homicides in the area.
The Mexican government reported 6,543 femicides nationwide from 2015 and authorities have thought of this incident as a femicide. However, the assailant and any accomplices are yet to be identified. National Guard personnel arrived at the scene shortly after the attack and proceeded to guard the crime scene and collect evidence.
This rampant femicide is part of a wave of violence that is plaguing Tijuana and the entire state of Baja California Norte according to the National Public Security System of Mexico. This has led Tijuana to be considered as one of the most violent cities in the world.
As the violence in Tijuana grows, the authorities and civil society must take responsibility and act together to address this growing problem. Unless violence is brought to an end, femicides will become increasingly more common in the city.
With information from Infobae