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  • Activists call for justice in the deaths of a journalist and four femicides.

    Activists call for justice in the deaths of a journalist and four femicides. | Photo: Clayton Conn / teleSUR

Published 7 August 2015

One of the four women killed has been identified as Colombian national Mile Virginia Martin, according to Colombian authorities.

The Colombian government has identified one of the four femicide victims killed along with a journalist in Mexico City last Friday as Colombian national Mile Virginia Martin.

Colombia's Foreign Minister did not release further details about Martin, but said the identification was based on test results and that Martin's siblings had approach the government body for “verification whether the victim was their family member.”

The Colombian government also called on Mexican authorities to “expedite the investigation” into the deaths in order “to establish the causes of the murder” and prosecute those responsible for the crime against the Colombian national.

Activists have called for the deaths of four women alongside journalist Ruben Espinosa to be investigated as femicide, warning that there is a risk of their cases not being thoroughly investigated.

Two of the other femicide victims have been identified by Mexican press as activist Nadia Vera and student Yesenia Quiroz.

Mexican magazine Proceso identified the fourth woman as Alejandra Negrete, who was employed by Espinosa as a domestic worker. Activists have called Negrete the “invisible” one of the five killed, as her case has received the least attention in the press and on social media.

“The ‘invisible’ women for media and for society was named Olivia Alejandra Negrete Aviles.”

The release of the Martin's identity comes just after Mexican authorities charged a suspect in the case, Daniel Pacheco, with homicide, femicide, and robbery.

Both Vera and Espinosa, who she was visiting in Mexico City, had reported receiving death threats from the Veracruz government. Espinosa left Veracruz, considered the most dangerous state for journalists, to work in Mexico City. Vera warned several months before her death that if she were to be killed, the Veracruz governor Javier Duarte would be to blame.

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Prosecutors have not mentioned any links between the alleged killer Pacheco and the Veracruz government. Pacheco, who has a criminal history, is thought to be from Mexico City originally.

The multiple homicide case has sparked mass protests across Mexico, with hundreds of people demanding the government investigate the murders and take action to address rampant femicide and attacks against journalists.

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According to the World Press Freedom Index, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

Femicide is also rampant and fueled by widespread impunity. With over 95 percent of femicides in Mexico going unpunished, few of the perpetrators in the cases of more than 44,000 murdered women over the past 28 years in Mexico have been brought to justice.  

RELATED: teleSUR correspondent Clayton Conn reports on the case from Mexico:

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