Susana Chavez had led protests through Ciudad Juarez against the unsolved killings of women in the border city. Her struggle and that of other activists was against the ‘femicides” of over 400 local female residents from 1993 to 2005 – most of the killings remain unsolved and were not related to the surging drug violence.
Numerous movies, art exhibits, conferences, and songs have been produced around the topic of the Dead Women of Juarez.
Chavez was a well known local poet that wrote “Not One More Death” in response to the killings.
Now one of those activists, Chavez, that kept police attention on the crimes was brutally murdered sometime on January 6 and with her body being identified today. Her body was found strangled with her left hand cut off.
Chihuahua state police do not believe her activism had anything to do with death but rather a party she attended with three teenagers, that appear to be the main suspects.