Husband shoots wife as she breastfeeds their 9-month-old because she was taking too long
26-year-old, Gabriel Hernandez Reyes, shot two rounds at the mother of his four children, 26-year-old Hortencia Balcazar, on July 19, inside her parents' ranch in Veracruz.
A man from Mexico shot and killed his wife while she was breastfeeding her nine-month-old son. Reports state that he fired his gun in rage because his wife was taking too long to get ready for a night out. The 26-year-old man, Gabriel Hernandez Reyes, shot two rounds at the mother of his four children, 26-year-old Hortencia Balcazar, on July 19, inside her parents' ranch in Veracruz, Mexico. The couple's children are of ages nine months, two years, four years and eight years, according to reports.
Blog Expediente, a news portal in Veracruz, reported that the husband was abusive and had impregnated another woman in the town, which had caused Balcazar to fall into depression right before her death.
La familia de Hortencia Balcázar Reyes, asesinada por su esposo el jueves pasado, pide apoyo económico a la sociedad veracruzana para quienes quieran aportar, la cantidad que sea, como ayuda en la manutención de sus cuatro hijos huérfanos; el teléfono de su familia: 922 199 37 76 pic.twitter.com/joWB1caVHF— blog.expediente.mx (@blogexpediente) July 22, 2018
The couple's neighbors, in multiple interviews with Univision, talked about the harassment Balcazar had to endure over the years. They also detailed how Hernandez Reyes would beat her with cables and also used a handgun on multiple occasions to threaten her.
The victim's father, Anselmo Balcazar, said that he often wondered why Hernandez Reyes's parents never intervened when their son harassed her. "He would take her back to his parent's house, but the in-laws provided her a bad life," Anselmo said. "They used her as a cook, and when he beat her, they didn't get involved."
Al salir de la iglesia, después del rosario, son mujeres quienes sostienen el féretro de Hortencia Balcázar Reyes, de 26 años, una víctima de la ola feminicida en Veracruz https://t.co/gGNvqEEZkh pic.twitter.com/8q2bsA4Vhr— Sin Embargo MX (@SinEmbargoMX) July 21, 2018
"She said she wouldn't return after the last incident occurred. The man pistol-whipped her face. His father promised to intervene and never did anything," the victim's father added.
Reports state that after getting shot Balcazar fell on the floor along with her baby. Her nine-month-old child and his four-year-old sibling were not hurt in the murder.
Camino al panteón, el féretro de Hortencia Reyes Balcazar, fue cargado sólo por mujeres; a los hombres los hicieron a un lado. Ella fue asesinada por su esposo en una comunidad del sur de Veracruz, mientras tenía en brazos a su hijo de 9 meses. pic.twitter.com/8pPCmabzOL— Seleny (@SelenyEst) July 21, 2018
The couple's neighbors said that they heard loud gunshots and immediately called the authorities. However, by the time they rushed to the couple's house, Hernandez Reyes had already escaped the scene.
According to reports, Hernandez Reyes is still on the run and the Mexican law enforcements do not have any leads till now about his whereabouts.