Authorities in the Mexican capital expressed indignation Wednesday about the killing of a 15-year-old boy who refused to hand over his cellphone to an assailant.
“It is a deed that really shocks and outrages,” Maricela Contreras, chief of the Mexico City borough of Tlalpan, told MVS radio.
Miguel Angel, who had bought the cellphone last week with money earned working in his uncle’s landscaping business, died Tuesday of a knife wound to the chest.
The young man was accosted at 6:30 a.m. while waiting for a bus to take him to school.
After stabbing Miguel, the assailant took the phone and the teen’s sneakers.
Miguel Angel died just 50 meters (164 feet) from his home in Tlalpan and the family learned of his death from a sidewalk vendor who witnessed the crime.
Investigators have no leads on the identity of the killer, Contreras told MVS.
The borough administration in Tlalpan has been working to improve safety for young people, but results are slow in coming, Contreras said.
While this sprawling metropolis of 20 million promotes itself to potential visitors as a “Safe City,” the Mexican capital has been rocked in recent months by high-profile crimes, including the kidnapping and subsequent murder of 12 people and the killing of a Colombian man by police.