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Murder of 7-year-old girl in Mexico fuels anger and protests over brutal killings

February 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A young girl, known only as Fátima, was last seen being picked up from school by an unidentified woman in Mexico City on February 11.

Fátima's body was discovered in Tláhuac, a municipality in the south of Mexico City, over the weekend, according to Ulises Lara López, spokesman for the attorney general's office in the city.

The girl was sexually abused and beaten before she died, Mexico City's Attorney General Ernestina Godoy Ramos said at a news conference Tuesday.

The investigation is dominating headlines in the country, coming just days after another brutal killing, that of 25-year-old Ingrid Escamilla, who was skinned and mutilated in Mexico City before her partner was arrested, having confessed to killing her following an argument where he said she attacked him with a knife.

But even that number illustrates only a portion of the problem: Every day, 10 women are killed in Mexico, according to authorities and activists who argue more cases need to be classified as femicides.

The rate of femicides was described on Monday as a "social ill" by the country's President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador -- but he, too, has been condemned for other comments regarding the killing of Fátima, which he appeared to blame on the neoliberal economic policies and society as a whole.

Fátima was last seen in the company of a woman, who through video surveillance, was seen picking up the young girl from school, the Mexico City Attorney General's Office told reporters on Monday.

Mexico City's Attorney General's Office has also urgently appealed to the public for help, offering a reward of 2 million pesos ($107,000) in return for any information, especially the woman seen on video surveillance and her whereabouts, according to Lara López during Monday's press conference.

"I have instructed the investigator's office to carry out a detailed investigation into the actions of the @FiscaliaCDMX [Mexico City Attorney General's Office] who knew of the complaint on the disappearance of the girl Fátima Cecilia," Godoy Ramos said on her Twitter account Tuesday morning, adding that the investigation "will be open to the family" and "the investigation will be promptly informed. "

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, on Twitter described Fátima's killing as an "outrageous, aberrant and painful" act, days after writing in relation to Escamilla's slaying that "femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime.

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