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Abril Pérez was murdered while Mexicans complained about feminist protests
Abril Cecilia Pérez was murdered in Mexico City on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - Photo: Carlos Jasso/EL UNIVERSAL

Abril Pérez was murdered while Mexicans complained about feminist protests

02/12/2019
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The main suspect behind her death is her ex-husband, Juan Carlos García, a former Amazon México CEO

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Abril Cecilia Pérez Sagaón was murdered in Mexico City on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The main suspect behind her death is her ex-husband, Juan Carlos García, the former CEO at Amazon México, co-founder of DeCompras.com.mx, an executive at Elektra.

Abril, two of her children, and her lawyer were on their way to the airport to board a flight to Monterrey when two bikers shot her dead. She and her three children moved from Mexico City to Monterrey after the couple divorced and after Juan Carlos García brutally attacked Abril with a baseball bat. They were in Mexico City because the children had to go through a psychological test, as part of Juan Carlos García's efforts to gain custody of the two minors.

On December 2, Abril's daughter shared a series of pictures that show Abril bathed in blood after Juan Carlos García attacked her. According to Abril's daughter, her father was released from jail because he has money to bribe authorities.

The attack was not an attempted robbery as the killers only had one purpose: to murder Abril.

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11 months earlier, Juan Carlos García fractured Abril's skull using a baseball bat and tried to cut her throat open during an argument. One of their children stopped the brutal attack and Abril was in the hospital for a week.

Abril had told one of her close friends that she had been attacked by Juan Carlos García on several occasions and told another friend that Juan Carlos García had hired a private detective to follow her.

Abril was hoping to create an NGO to help other women who were victims of domestic violence.

In September 2019, Juan Carlos García was jailed but judge Federico Mosco González released him on November 3. The judge argued that since the attack took place while she was sleeping, it wasn't attempted murder but domestic violence and that the baseball bat was not a weapon. Juan Carlos García was jailed for two months and then released.

The Attorney General's Office is now investigating the judges and magistrates who handled the case.

On November 29, the president of Mexico City's Supreme Court, Rafael Guerra Álvarez, decided to suspend two judges involved in the case, who released Juan Carlos García from prison.

Mexico City's Attorney General filed a complaint before the Judiciary Council against the judge who handled Abril Pérez's case and who released García from jail despite his brutal attack against Abril.

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Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said authorities will investigate the murder as femicide and added that the two judges involved in the case should be charged for Abril's femicide if it is proven that her ex-husband is behind the crime.

President López Obrador said Abril Pérez should have been protected by authorities, after her former husband attacked her with a baseball bat in January 2019. The President also criticized judge Federico Mosco, who released Juan Carlos García from jail, after he reclassified the crime as domestic violence, which does not require preventive detention.

Judge Federico Mosco has a controversial story. Recently, he freed a doctor accused of sexually abusing a terminally ill patient.

On November 29, Abril's friends and family protested to demand justice for Abril. On November 30, the women took the streets once again.

Abril's family has announced it will create an NGO called “Abril's Voice” (La voz de Abril) to provide psychological and legal support to victims of domestic violence.

On November 30, it was announced that Mexico City authorities requested the local Judiciary Council to reclassify the attack Juan Carlos García perpetrated against Abril Pérez as femicide, which means he would go back to prison.

On December 2, Juan Carlos García issued a statement and said that the crime should be solved and those responsible for the femicide punished. He added that he is willing to cooperate with the authorities and that despite the conflicts in his marriage to Abril Pérez, he “would have never wished for such a tragic end.”

On Twitter, Abril's daughter accused her father, Juan Carlos García, of physically abusing her mother, her brothers, and her for years and said he was a “narcissist sociopath.”

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