TEXT BY: ANTONIO MARIN
The thermometer marked 28 degrees in Minatitlán and on the faces of relatives of Yesenia Mollinedo Falconi fatigue was noticeable. The strenuous temperatures and the hostile environment that the media face in the south of Veracruz caused the journalist’s wake to darken and remain desolate.
Two days have passed since Yesenia was murdered along with Sheila Johana Garcia Oliveraa camerawoman for the digital medium, El Veraz, and it was time for the funeral.
Around the 10:45 a.m. This Wednesday, May 11, relatives and colleagues of the reporters walked behind a truck that was carrying Yesenia’s body in the Hidalgo pantheon, to say goodbye to them between tears and disappointment.
The murder of the journalists was published and commented on internationallybut only no more than 20 people arrived at the municipal pantheon.
The fear caused by organized crime in the area of Minatitlán and Cosoleacaque prevented Yesenia and Johana from being fired by some of their relatives, since “fear of being attacked”.
This did not matter to Yesenia’s mother. Her youngest daughter was murdered one day before they celebrated the Mother’s day and days after she confessed her fear of being attacked by criminals.
The woman walked arm in arm with her children to the three-meter pit built especially to store Yesenia’s remains. The urgency of the events forced her to spend these days awake in front of her daughter’s coffin and her health is worn out.
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Today, in front of her children and grandchildren, she asked for support to touch the wooden box in which Yesenia’s remains rest.
As he did so, he could not contain himself and shouted: “You left me very alone, daughter. Love you. May the light of God shine on you. Goodbye my mother. My baby”.
After this, silence reigned.
The disconsolate cry of the mother embraced the place and for a moment, the woman dissolved in her son’s arms. At that moment she forgot that, since Yesenia and Joahana were murdered, unknown subjects on motorcycles haunt his house and receive calls from unknown numbers.
This situation stuns them. The fear is constant and they fear for his life. Ramiro Mollinedo, Yesenia’s brother and also a journalist, said he will continue with his informative work.Yesenia and Johana became the 10th and 11th death nationally, of murdered journalists, according to official data. Of those 11, three were registered in Veracruz.
Although Yesenia’s family is very open when answering about her murder, Sheila Johana’s contrasts.
Minutes later and away from Yesenia’s, despite the fact that they had a public relationship, the body of the camerawoman arrived.
Yesenia was accompanied by three of the most important people for her: her children, ages six, 11 and 15.
Embraced by their relatives, they said their last goodbye to their mother. Since Johana worked at The Truthfulthe relationship with them flourished and they enjoyed going to the movies together.
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Johana found in journalism an escape from alcoholism, but after almost six months of starting, her dream was frustrated.
Like Yesenia, the funeral did not last more than half an hour. Her family remained tight-lipped and did not testify. Outside the pantheon, life goes on. Flower and food stalls invite you to shop. For them it is a usual scenario, although for the Mollinedo and García it is a stormy start to the week.
The governor of Veracruz, Cuitláhuac García, together with the state attorney general, Veronica Hernandez GiadansThey said that the murder of the two journalists would not go unpunished.
The Prosecutor’s Office announced that it is working on four lines of investigation, two of them suggested by the first indications at the scene of the events, those investigated by the institution itself and another one due to its journalistic activity.