Alleged leader of a motorcycle gang in San Cristóbal de Las Casas murdered

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An indigenous leader from the northern area of San Cristóbal de Las Casas was shot dead by hitmen who fired at him from a moving car on Tuesday afternoon; this is the third crime in less than a year linked to street vendor organizations and motorcycle gangs.

Juan “N”, also known as “El Fallo”, identified as the alleged leader of the Los Vans motorcycle gang, was shot dead next to his gray van with propaganda of Javier López, Morena’s candidate for the municipal presidency of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

The man, killed in the Bosques del Pedregal neighborhood, was getting out of his parked van when hitmen in another vehicle pulled up alongside him and shot him at point-blank range, next to a children’s park.

“El Fallo” had a criminal record: he was arrested by the State Prosecutor’s Office of Chiapas (FGE) in 2021 for alleged aggravated homicide committed in the municipality of San Cristóbal de Las Casas.

In addition, in 2018 he led a return in the La Libertad neighborhood, formerly Santa Catarina, leaving numerous injured in a confrontation.

According to the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSyPC), on September 18, 2013, “El Fallo” was arrested for stealing bags of chicken feed.

After the murder of “El Fallo”, groups of motorcyclists mobilized to find the perpetrators. That same night, the motorcyclists gathered at different points in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, blocked streets, and went out in gangs to honk their horns in the neighborhoods of the northern area.

Jerónimo Ruiz, leader of the Association of Traditional Market Tenants of Chiapas (Almetrach), was murdered on the morning of Monday, April 17; he was an indigenous leader from the northern area and was also linked to motorcycle gangs.

Martín Pale Sántiz, leader of the Coordinator of Organizations for the Environment for a Better Chiapas (Comach), also an indigenous leader from the northern area of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, was murdered on December 9, 2023.

Source: Proceso