Andres and Jorge Tirado: Fifth person arrested in the Mexico City murders of the Tirado brothers and their uncle | International

A forensic team outside the address of Medellín 113, in the Roma district, Mexico City.
A forensic team outside the address of Medellín 113, in the Roma district, Mexico City.QUARTOSCURO

On December 22, police arrested a fifth person involved in the murders of Jorge and Andrés Tirado and their uncle, Luis González, in the gypsy neighborhood of Mexico City. When the woman, identified only as Rebeca, was arrested, police said, “she was carrying a pawn shop receipt for a laptop similar to the one stolen from the home where the men were killed, an electronic tablet and some office supplies.” Sources from the Prosecutor’s Office say that the alleged accomplice to the murders is a friend of the four people who have already been arrested.

According to sources consulted by EL PAÍS, Rebeca was located using the mobile phone data of the other suspects. Authorities dismissed theories that the first three people arrested – Blanca, Sally and Azuher (mother, daughter and son-in-law, respectively) – hired a group of professional hitmen to carry out the murders. The investigation is proceeding under the premise that all those involved are friends or family. The fourth person arrested, Randy, is Sally’s son and Blanca’s grandson, while Rebeca is a friend of Sally and Azuher. Authorities believe two others were involved and expect more arrests in the coming days.

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Footage from the ATM’s security camera shows Rebeca withdrawing money with Sally. Our sources say that the police believe that Blanca, Sally and Azuher, who are in custody for at least the next six months, asked for help from trusted people to plan and commit the crime. The new findings support his theory that the suspects did not hire professional killers and appear to have improvised their way. Since phone tracking is relatively easy, it is unlikely that experienced criminals would leave so many clues on their mobile phones.

The Tirado brothers, an actor and musician from Sinaloa known in certain cultural circles, and their uncle were found dead last December 18 in the affluent gypsy neighborhood of Mexico City. Police found their bodies in a cellar, and estimate they had been dead for two days after the suspects gagged, beat and strangled them. The first three suspects were at the home when the bodies were found, and were immediately arrested. The police found Margarita María Ochoa, 72, alive in another room. Ochoa is the aunt of the Tirado brothers and the wife of Luis González. According to the prosecutor, she was not killed because the suspects wanted her to sign the deed to the house.

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Ochoa is also the sister of the previous owner, an elderly man who passed away last May. Blanca was the man’s nurse and lived on the first floor with her daughter and son-in-law. After the owner’s death, Blanca tried to take possession of the property claiming that she was the de facto spouse of the old man, but she could not provide evidence of the relationship. Ochoa and Gonzalez moved into the house in June to claim the inheritance of Ochoa’s house, since his brother died intestate (when there is no final will or when succession is unclear). When Ochoa was about to finish the procedures, the police report that Blanca, her daughter and her son-in-law tried to take over the house violently.

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The Tirado brothers moved in with their aunt and uncle in August to pursue their careers in Mexico City. Although they became collateral damage in the crime, it may have gone unnoticed without the social media outcry raised by Tirado’s friends and family. The victims and the aggressors lived together for several months in the house on Calle Medellín. Built in the late 19th century, the now-neglected house is valuable because of its location in Roma Norte, an upscale neighborhood that is undergoing rapid gentrification and skyrocketing real estate prices. The police are now looking to arrest the other two suspects so that they can close the criminal investigation and take the case to court.

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