Secondary Student Brought Gun to School (La Voz de la Frontera, 9/15/12 by Juan Galvan)

Mexicali, BC - It was reported a 14 year-old minor recently had a 22 caliber pistol with him on the premises of Number 5 High School located in colonia Esperanza, said Monica Cano, responsible for school safety for the Baja California State Educational System (ESS) in Mexicali.

The officer confirmed the student was reported by school managers who found him with the gun. The identity of the 14 year-old pupil has not being identified, but said he is attending his second year of morning classes. The gun was confiscated and his parents were contacted.

Elements of the State Preventive Police (PEP) took the weapon and investigated how the boy came to possess the gun, since according to their version, though he did not elaborate on the reason he was carrying the gun, he essentially said he was going to fight to the end.

Some years ago a 13 year-old child was killed with a knife by another 14 year-old student during a scuffle that occurred on the outskirts of the same school located on Calle Villahermosa.

School officials learned of the weapon based on an anonymous complaint, and avoided a near tragedy among the students. The young man was referred for psychological evaluation and scheduled interviews with the parents, since it is known he comes from a dysfunctional home setting.

PEP said that the weapon was sent to the Federal Public Ministry with the requirement the child be held while determining his legal status and that of his parents. http://www.oem.com.mx/lavozdelafrontera/notas/n2696670.htm

Killer of Prostitute Sentenced (La Voz de la Frontera, 9/14/12 by Juan Galvan)

Mexicali, BC - Yesterday it was announced a trial concluded with a sentence of 35 years in prison for the murder of a prostitute he committed last July in a solitary spot in the western part of the city.

The convicted subject, Juan Francisco “N”, was found guilty of the homicide of Cristina “N”, alias “La gcode”, 30, who was a prostitute in the Mexicali Central Zone.

The State Attorney General of Justice presided over an oral trial and a penalty of 35 years in prison was imposed for the accused, as well as a fine of 47,257 pesos ($3707 US) for reparation and damages.

The Prosecutor's Office began their investigation on the morning of June 26, 2011, after the corpse of a completely naked woman was found floating in an irrigation canal located on the roadway to Santa Isabel Canal.

Officials and expert personnel investigated the crime scene, removed her body and inspected the injuries that included signs of blows to the eye, identifying the woman as "The gcode", based on a tattoo she had.

The investigators established the deceased was a Cristina “N”, who worked in the Mexicali Central Zone and were able to locate an eyewitness who contributed important information that lead to the identification of the accused, Juan Francisco “N”. He was arrested, brought to justice and finally sentenced. http://www.oem.com.mx/lavozdelafrontera/notas/n2695514.htm

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