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ARGENTINA | 02-03-2020 15:16

19-year-old in police custody after killing girlfriend, burning body

19-year-old Naim Vera surrenders to police after remains of his 24-year-old girlfriend, Brenda Micaela Gordillo, found. In an attempt to cover up crime, he allegedly burnt the victim's body on a parrilla.

A 19-year-old man has surrendered himself to police after the body of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Brenda Gordillo, was found dismembered and mutilated.

The body had been burned on a parrilla in the city of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca.

The unnerving femicide in the capital of Catamarca Province was allegedly committed by Naim Vera, the son of a renowned local surgeon and kinesiologist. 

Local reports alleged that Vera had burnt the remains of his girlfriend, put them in a container and then scattered some of her remains in sectors adjacent to provincial Ruta 4. Vera was recorded by security cameras, according to reports. 

News of this femicide comes just a couple days after notorious killer Fabián Tablado was released from jail after serving 24 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend 113 times in a 1996 murder.

Feminists across Latin America are organising themselves for large protests against gender violence amid staggering rates of femicide in the region.

A total of 63 femicides were registered in Argentina during the first two months of the year, according to figures from the Observatorio Ahora que sí nos ven, a gender violence NGO – this equates to one woman murdered every 23 hours.

According to data provided by the organisation chaired by Raquel Vivanco, in 49 percent of the 63 cases the aggressor was the woman’s current partner.

This Sunday, March 8, demonstrators will take to the streets for International Women's Day to call for an end to gender violence and the legalisation of abortion, among other things.  

-TIMES/NA

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