A killer who targeted Mexican bus drivers in Ciudad Juarez may be a vigilante woman avenging sexual violence that occurs on the bus lines, the Los Angeles Times reported
Two bus drivers have been killed, and news outlets were tweeted from someone claiming to be the killer, the Times said. The message said women are “victims of sexual violence” when they take buses after working the late shift in the city’s Maquiladora district.
“You think because we are women we are weak, and maybe we are,” it read. “But only to a certain point. . . . We can no longer remain quiet over these acts that fill us with rage. And so, I am an instrument who will take vengeance. Signed: Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers.”
Authorities can't verify if anything the message is true, and that includes whether the killer might be a woman, the Times said. But witnesses to the bus drivers’ murders told Ciudad Juarez’s El Diario newspaper that the killer was a woman in black with blond hair..
The drivers were killed in separate incidents, on consecutive days last week and driving the same bus route, the Associated Press reported. A witness told El Diario that the killer said, “You guys think you’re real bad, don’t you?” right before she shot the second driver.
“It’s a fact that there are sexual abuse cases on the bus routes, but it’s no greater than women disappearing from the streets in downtown, in human trafficking rings,” Lucha Castro, of the Chihuahua Women’s Human Rights Center, told the AP. She said the killer may have been abused by one of the drivers or known someone who was abused.
Killings in Ciudad Juarez’s past were connected to bus drivers, AP reported. In the 1990s and 2000s, more than 100 women were killed after they got on buses, and several bus drivers were arrested during that time.
But many of those cases weren’t solved or settled for families, leading to complaints about the lack of attention the investigations received, the Times said.
Whoever pulled the trigger, last week’s killings scared some of the city’s bus drivers off the job, AP said. Just 10 of the 20 drivers who regularly run the route on which the killings occurred showed up for work this week.
“There were a lot fewer passengers, too,” an anonymous dispatcher told AP. “Everyone is afraid something could happen.”
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