A federal deputy from Mexico received a phone call in the legislative precinct Thursday, November 8, informing her of the murder of her daughter, this tragedy caused her a nervous breakdown and led to the suspension of the parliamentary session.
Carmen Medel Palma, of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), the party of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, broke into tears after receiving the call around 01:30 p.m. local time. Numerous members of the House, especially women, came to comfort her.
"Valeria, Valeria!" she shouted. Medel went into a nervous breakdown when she learned that her 22-year-old daughter was shot dead in a gym in the municipality of Ciudad Mendoza.
Faced with this situation, the president in turn of the Chamber, Marco Antonio Adame, decided to interrupt the session for a few minutes. Read more on our Twitter account @amomama_usa.
The legislators expressed solidarity with their partner and condemned the fact, although many of them recorded the tragic moment that Medel lived with their cell phones, something that has been criticized through social media.
Valeria Medel was a young student from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Veracruzana. She is a native of the municipality of Coatzacoalcos, the 22-year-old girl was working out at a gym located a few blocks away from the Municipal Palace in Ciudad Mendoza.
According to some witnesses, an armed group entered the gym and fired point-blank at the deputy's daughter.
A man known as "the Richy", who was found dead hours later, was the perpetrator of the crime, according to the Veracruz government investigation. It is suspected that the murder occurred because there was some sort of confusion.
The death of the deputy's daughter was confirmed by the president of Morena in the state of Veracruz, Manuel Huerta Ladrón de Guevara.
In addition to the interruption of the parliamentary session, the Senate kept a minute of silence in respect to the young woman and in solidarity with the deputy from Veracruz of the 14th district.
Pablo Gómez, deputy of Morena, said: "Valeria has been today a victim of the state of violence in which Mexicans live."
According to the BBC, until September of this year 2018, 248 women have been murdered in the State of Veracruz.
The reaction of the Mexican deputy reminds us of a mother of a murdered victim who broke emotionally by remembering the last words her daughter had uttered before being murdered.
She told the court that she spoke on the phone with her daughter on April 28 of this year, the last day she learned of her daughter. Both were called frequently since the mother was in Brazil and Cecilia in Australia, during that last call the woman managed to hear the killer's voice.
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