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The Murdered Women of the State of Mexico (Part 1)

VICE News investigates the murder of women in the State of Mexico, and meets relatives of the victims who continue to fight for justice, from authorities who seem incapable or unwilling to help.
June 18, 2015, 5:45am

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A wave of homicides targeting female victims — labeled as femicides — has been sweeping the State of Mexico, the sprawling suburb that engulfs Mexico City. While government officials have not provided exact figures, the National Citizen Femicide Observatory estimates six women are murdered a day, and a United Nations body has described the situation as a pandemic.

VICE News investigates the murder of women in the region, and meets relatives of the victims who continue to fight for justice, from authorities who seem incapable or unwilling to help.

In the first of three parts, Irinea Buendía explains why she and her husband Lauro Lima believe their daughter Mariana was murdered by her own husband, a police investigator for the State of Mexico — despite authorities having ruled her death a suicide.

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