Terlingua Dreams

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sad Day in Ciudad Acuna

Thursday – October 4. 2012

Still waiting on mother’s plumber to show up to fix the leaking tub fixture.  All I can say is that this is the last time we will call him if I have anything to do with it!

I ran a lot of errands on Wednesday and was hoping to finish them today.  However when I turned on the TV…the one not hooked up to cable (they beam two free channels from Mexico City to the border)…was sadden to hear about the murder of Jose Eduardo Moreira Rodriguez, a young man with a bright and promising future that was murdered on Wednesday night on his way back home to Ciudad Acuna.

May have gone unnoticed had he not been the son of the ex-governor of Coahuila as well as ex-national president of the PRI (the ruling party that won the last presidential election) Humberto Moreira Valdez and also the nephew of the current governor of Coahuila, Ruben Moreira Valdez.

He was a state employee in charge of social services that helped many people in need.  Was loved and highly respected by everyone I ever spoke with.  His crime?  Being a member of a powerful political family.  Per the national Mexican media was killed in retaliation for the recapture of a cartel member who fled in a massive prison break last month in Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

He was ambushed and shot twice in the head inside his pick-up.  In the national Mexican news they said just about the whole town showed up for the funeral, mass and burial.  I guess one gets immune to hear about all the lives lost to the war on drugs but when it is a young person who led a clean life and was so loved you cannot help but feel outrage.

Should you come to the border specifically Ciudad Acuna if you are a tourist?  Yes, as Ciudad Acuna is still the safest border in Texas and the federal government has sent in more troops, members of the Mexican Marines, Federal and State police as well as other police entities to make sure his murderers are caught.

Not exactly a feel good post but something I wanted to document in this cyber journal of mine.


  1. Thank you for the post. I still think Del Rio is a great town.

  2. Del Rio is a great town. Thank you for reading me Barney.


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