Who was Yrma Lydia? Mexican singer, 21, SHOT DEAD by husband in Mexico City café
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO: Yrma Lydia, a Mexican singer, was fatally shot by her husband in a restaurant in Mexico City on Thursday night, June 23, according to local authorities. Lydia, 21, was shot dead at the Suntory Del Valle restaurant in the city's south after being attacked by her partner, 79-year-old Jess Hernández Alcocer. She was just beginning her music career.
Omar Garca Harfuch, Mexico City's security secretary, said, "A man shot his wife three times, he is already detained with another woman who accompanied him." Witnesses said that a gray-haired man shot the singer, who turned out to be his wife, following an argument. Alcocer attempted to bribe his own release from the police as well as the immediate arrest of one of his security guards. According to reports, Alcocer had previously faced extortion-related charges.
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Lydia had taken part in a few performances of Grandiosas 12, a run of concerts that features well-known singers from Central and South America, like Mara Conchita Alonso and Dulce and Alicia Villarreal, across Mexico and the United States, according to the newspaper El Universal.
Saludos @yrmalydya pic.twitter.com/UWIRjLymAe— Yrma Lydya. (@yrmalydya) July 18, 2021
In Mexico, where 10 women are murdered on average every day, gender-based violence has increased recently. Under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, crime has been on the rise for some time. On Friday, he was questioned about whether his three and a half years had seen more killings than his predecessor Felipe Calderon's six. Lopez Obrador has frequently advocated holding Calderon accountable for unnecessary violence.
Under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, crime has been on the rise and Lydia's murder is part of that trend. Jalisco, the state with the worst murder rate in Mexico, has already seen 10 police officers slain in 2022.
In order to prevent violence, Obrador authorized the release of a detained Sinaloa cartel boss in 2019. He claimed that his government was no longer focused on imprisoning drug cartel leaders. López Obrador adopted a policy he calls "hugs, not bullets" and even appeared to be tolerant of the gangs, even applauding them once for not meddling in the election. When asked if he planned to change his strategy during his morning press conference, López Obrador responded, "No, rather the opposite, it's the right path."