Another Victim of Collateral Damage

Another Victim of Collateral Damage

by Jesús Aguado

A San Miguel de Allende resident was killed by a stray bullet at the corner of Hidalgo and Insurgentes—a bullet meant for someone else. The young man who was the target of the attack also died on that street corner on Thursday night.

According to witnesses, at 11:07pm on February 13, a man shot at Fernando “N” near a hamburger stand at the corner of Hidalgo and Insurgentes. One of the stray bullets hit Magdalena “N,” who was walking with her husband. Officials say Magdalena’s husband immediately sought help and took her to a nearby bar. By the time the Red Cross paramedics arrived, she was pronounced dead. Municipal authorities say the perpetrator fled on foot down Hidalgo street in the direction of the Calzada de la Aurora.

The State Attorney’s Office stated in its communiqué that both victims were residents of San Miguel, and investigations will be carried out to establish what took place and to find those responsible for the crime.

The first instance of “collateral damage” in the past 12 months occurred on July 7, 2019. At dawn on that date, armed men began a chase involving a 22-year-old man, Everardo Vargas, who was driving a Tahoe van. Information regarding the attack came in fragments. The first official version arrived that afternoon from the State Attorney’s Office of Guanajuato. This report said that there had been a double homicide.

The incident took place at the intersection of Avenida de las Amerícas and Paseo de los Conspiradores in the neighborhood of Ignacio Ramírez, where shots were heard by many neighbors in the surrounding area. Four women at a nearby taco stand were shot—one, Elena Ugalde, died on the spot. The three who were injured were taken to the hospital, and 13-year-old Ximena Morales died while receiving emergency medical care.

The local authorities expressed their condolences to the families of the victims and said they would collaborate with the three branches of government to solve the crime. To this day there are no answers. Officials also said that they would work to guarantee the peace and tranquility San Miguel wants, deserves, and hopes for.

The messages of condolence were criticized by San Miguel residents, who continue to ask the government to take action to prevent such incidents in the future.