May 22, 2022

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Mass demand for Paraguayan president over death of influencer “Vita” Aranda: “enough drugs”

On February 5, 2022, in Asuncion, Paraguay, people demonstrate in front of the Presidential Palace, in front of the capital, following a shooting at a concert, demanding security and anti-drug measures. REUTERS / Cesar Olmedo

Dozens of people gathered this Saturday in front of the residence of Paraguayan President Mario Apto Benitez. Seek justice in the case of model and ‘influential’ Christina ‘Vita’ Aranda, who lost her life last weekend in a shooting recorded during a concert.

The demonstration took place between the songs and proclamations of participants who went to Mbruvicha Roga or the leader’s house, as the presidential house is called Guarani – wearing white clothes and balloons, carrying posters and ‘Vita’ photos.

During the demonstration, posters with strong demands such as “enough drug eradication” were displayed. For a secure country ”,“ Justice for the poor. Not a death yet “,” I want to live a live concert, live a long time “, among others, according to the ABC. At night, people there lit candles and cell lights.

The mother of the dead girl, Dolly Carrillo, and several of her relatives attended the enrichment.

Carrillo asked Benitez to “put his sand so it’s really clear” and said he hoped his daughter’s blood would not be spilled in vain. Also, called the authorities Put “everyone” and say, “The people of Paraguay will never experience this again.”

Christina Aranda's mother, Dolly Carrillo, hugs a woman during a demonstration demanding protection and action against drug trafficking following the shooting of a concert in the capital's suburbs on February 5 in front of the Presidential Palace in Ascension, Paraguay.  .  2022. REUTERS / Cesar Olmedo
Christina Aranda’s mother, Dolly Carrillo, hugs a woman during a demonstration demanding protection and action against drug trafficking following the shooting of a concert in the capital’s suburbs on February 5 in front of the Presidential Palace in Ascension, Paraguay. . 2022. REUTERS / Cesar Olmedo

For his part, Club Olympia footballer and Aranda’s husband Evan Torres took to Twitter to express his support for the fight. “We all demand security and justice in our country. I hope good days come.”, Said the player who was harshly critical of the government’s response to what happened.

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Aranda’s death has shocked public opinion in Paraguay, where she has been recognized as an entrepreneur, social media figure and mother of three children aged 2, 4 and 8. Aranda was injured in a shooting while attending a concert with her husband at the Jose Asuncion Flores Amphitheater in San Bernardino.

In the violent act, a person also lost his life, according to press releases, in connection with drug trafficking. Six more were injured.

According to local media, initial investigations suggest that the shooting may have been related to debt collection related to drug trafficking activities.

Incident

Today, some men carry the victim of a shooting recorded at a concert in San Bernardino (Paraguay).  EFE / Stringer
Today, some men carry the victim of a shooting recorded at a concert in San Bernardino (Paraguay). EFE / Stringer

Some local media outlets are spreading versions of the presence of an assailant in the area due to drug immigration, which has not yet been confirmed by authorities. The main target of the assassin is Ederson Salinas Benitez, the other man who is said to be the kidnapper.

The other wounded were accidental because they were, unfortunately, close to attack.

“At first we thought it was fireworks,” a witness told the portal ABC. But then he saw the crowd of people trying to get out, and the danger took on a dimension. “They asked you to register for the vaccine to enter the concert. My friend did not bring her card, but she stepped inside. They were not looking for our bag. They did not check anything, ”he said.

Journalist Lisandra Aguilar wrote on her Twitter account:I was singing the songs of Phonomio di Oro on the top of my lungs and saw a woman fainting when she saw a woman being killed. People started running, some were stained with blood, things were thrown, noise, nerves occupied me. Today I value life so much. Theories of what was going on began to develop, and we even heard that a group of 10 armed men were killing everyone. Terrible uncertainty”.

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Aranda’s death

Last photo of Vita Aranda alive at the ceremony (d0lbeault)
Last photo of Vita Aranda alive at the ceremony (d0lbeault)

Aranda, 29, was shot in the head while attending the Joumina Festival, an event that shocked those around him and the public.

Yolanda González, director of Itauguá National Hospital, told the Paraguayan media. Did not object to the severity of the gunshot wound Head high during the Joumina Festival in San Bernardino.

“She came in so seriously, she stopped. They tried to revive her for 25 minutes, but unfortunately she did not come out.”, The medical director told the show Great football Telefuture. The young woman, with material loss of brain and a predictable prognosis, arrived in a coma before succumbing to her injuries.

(With information from EFE)

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