A 28-year-old activist who spent the last seven months looking for her missing husband was kidnapped from her home and murdered in northern Mexico last week.
Aranza Ramos was found dead by authorities in Guaymas, Sonora, on Thursday.
According to local media, a group of armed men took Ramos by force out of her home approximately at 10pm local time in the Guaymas neighborhood of Ortiz.
The Guaymas Municipal Police and paramedics discovered her lifeless body lying on a sidewalk at 11.30pm, according to the Sonora state Attorney General’s Office.
Aranza Ramos, who spent the last seven months searching for her missing husband in northern Mexico, was kidnapped and murder by a group of armed men Thursday in Guaymas, Sonora. The 28-year-old was a mother to a one-year-old girl
Aranza Ramos with her husband Brayan Celaya, who has been missing since December 6,
Ramos formed part of two volunteer groups, Madres Buscadoras de Sonora (Searching Mothers of Sonora) and Guerreras Buscadoras de Sonora (Searching Warriors of Sonora) following the December 6, 2020 disappearance of her spouse, Brayan Celaya.
Just hours before she was abducted, Ramos went on Facebook, posting a missing person’s poster of her husband and pleading for the public’s assistance in the search of Celaya.
‘Family and friends, can you help me share the image of Brayan once again as I ask you to keep him in your prayers,’ she wrote. ‘I thank you from the heart! Thank you very very much!! We will find you my live, wait for me a little more!!’
Ramos and Celaya were parents to a one-year-old girl.
Aranza Ramos and her husband Brayan Celaya were parents of a one-year-old girl. Ramos joined the volunteer search groups, Madres Buscadoras de Sonora (Searching Mothers of Sonora) and Guerreras Buscadoras de Sonora (Searching Warriors of Sonora), following the December 6, 2020 disappearance of her spouse
The late Aranza Ramos with her one-year-old daughter and missing husband, Brayan Celaya, who has been missing since December 2020
According to Madres Buscadoras de Sonora, on the day of her assassination, Ramos had participated in the search of a clandestine grave where human remains had turned up as smoked billowed out of the site.
‘A great person whose only sin was to love her husband with all her soul, whom she has tirelessly searched for since he disappeared,’ Madres Buscadoras de Sonora said in a statement.
‘Why kill her? What crime did she commit? She was not looking for the culprits or for justice; she was just looking for peace and to find a dignified place for the love of her life, the father of her daughter.’
The Sonora state Attorney General’s Office lauded Ramos’ activism and her willingness to help families search for the missing relatives in Mexico.
‘There will be justice for Aranza.’ It is a coward (move) to deprive a woman of (her) life just for looking for her missing husband,’ the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
‘She was always brave, active, enthusiastic and supportive, she worked tirelessly in efforts and search actions with the firm hope that she, or other people or families could meet their loved ones again.’
About four hours and half before Araza Ramos was kidnapped and murder, she shared the above missing person’s poster of her husband, Brayan Celaya, on Facebook and wrote: ‘Family and friends, can you help me share the image of Brayan once again as I ask you to keep him in your prayers. I thank you from the heart! Thank you very very much!! We will find you my live, wait for me a little more!!’
The federal government said on Monday that 68 human rights or environmental activists have been killed since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December 2018. She would be the 69th.
Mexico has reported more than 87,800 missing people since 2006, when then-President Felipe Calderón expanded the country’s battle against drug cartels.
For years, groups of relatives of the disappeared have joined together to make their own searches for the missing, sometimes finding mass graves that authorities then have excavated.