Mexico Shocked by Rape, Murder, Assault Against Family

5/3/2017 New York Times

crime sceneMEXICO CITY — Mexicans long accustomed to violent crime have been shocked by the assault of a family in the central state of Puebla in which attackers raped the woman and girl in the group and killed a 3-year-old child before leaving them on the darkened side of a main highway in the central state of Puebla.

A state official speaking on condition of anonymity said Wednesday that the family had stopped briefly on a trip to Mexico City when they were assaulted in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday by eight men, some of them armed. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name.

The father, mother, their nearly 3-year-old son and a 14-year-old niece had parked their truck by the side of the highway apparently so the father could urinate, something not uncommon in an area where there are few public bathrooms.

The assailants, traveling in two cars, blocked the family’s vehicle on the shoulder of the road, beat the father, and raped both the mother and the young niece.

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