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Teen rape, murder: Mexico prexy vows justice

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — Mexico’s president on Friday promised justice to the parents of a teenager whose death triggered a public outcry, after an independent forensic report concluded that she was raped and murdered.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met with the family of 18-year-old Debanhi Escobar, whose body was found last month in a motel water tank 12 days after she disappeared.

“I spoke with them and made a commitment to help clarify what happened and to ensure that there is no impunity,” Lopez Obrador said in the northern city of Monterrey, where the incident happened.

They are “very good people, a teacher, his wife, and as parents they are very hurt, broken,” he told reporters.

Escobar’s death is now being investigated as femicide, after originally being registered as a disappearance, deputy security minister Ricardo Mejia said.

The forensic report commissioned by the family concluded that the law student suffered “a violent homicidal death,” and her body showed signs of a sexual violence, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais, which obtained the document.

Escobar’s family delivered the document to the state prosecutor’s office on 2 May, the daily reported.

The official autopsy report, which has not been published, did not mention signs of sexual violence, according to El Pais.

Previously, prosecutors said that escobar died of a blow to the head and that they were not ruling anything out, including an accident or murder.

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