EL PASO — The body of a university student was found with her throat slashed at a park next to campus, rattling a city already dealing with violence.
Dana Lizeth Lozano Chavez, 18, was described as a brilliant literature student at the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) in the Mexican border city.
Lozano was found slain shortly after midnight Saturday after she went missing late Friday night.
Juárez Mayor Armando Cabada said on social media that Chihuahua state investigators had a suspect, which El Mexicano newspaper and other outlets, reported was allegedly a former boyfriend of Lozano.
There had been no official police announcement as of Monday morning that an arrest had been made.
“She was brilliant person,” university professor Ricardo Vigueras wrote on Facebook. “She participated in class with always intelligent comments, a tireless curiosity and a sense of humor infectious with freshness and irreverence. She was one of those students who made your job easy.”
Vigueras called for justice for Lozano and other murder victims.
“Of course, I am not saying that this life that has been taken away from us is more valuable than others that were also torn from this misogynistic desert that many do not want to see,” he stated.
The murder was condemned by elected officials, academic groups, the Municipal Institute for Women and the Red Mesa de Mujeres Ciudad Juárez, a women’s advocacy group which said that 25 women have been killed in Juárez this year.
There have been more than 350 murders in Juárez this year that authorities mostly attribute to drug-related violence.
Lozano was last seen about 10 p.m. Friday reportedly going to a nearby convenience store.
“Guys! Since 10 last night we haven’t heard anything from our classmate Dana,” a UACJ literature student group posted on Facebook early Saturday asking for help to find their missing friend.
Lozano’s body had already been found shortly after midnight.
The Chihuahua attorney general’s office reported that forensic and crime scene investigators determined that Lozano died from a “carotid artery laceration.”
There were no signs that she has been sexually assaulted, the attorney general’s office added.
A specialized unit that deals with the murders of women was following several lines of investigation regarding Lozano’s death, officials said.
Mayor Cabada said that he spoke with the head of the university about ways to improve safety.
“The university is an essential part of our community and we will give them all the support necessary to safeguard its students,” Cabada said.
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