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Case of teenager who murdered her boyfriend enthrals Argentina

Nahir Galarza, 19, shot dead her ex boyfriend in the early hours of December 29. With all the elements of a soap opera, the case is dominating the country’s news cycle.

Tuesday 9 January, 2018
Nahir Galarza exits a court hearing in Gualeguay, Entre Ríos province.
Nahir Galarza exits a court hearing in Gualeguay, Entre Ríos province. Foto:from Twitter

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The news cycle rarely slows down in Argentina. This summer is no different.

The case of a 19-year-old woman who shot dead her boyfriend is dominating the country’s television networks and serving as easy clickbait for news portals which are otherwise watching the dollar go up, then go down, and then back up again.

The “Nahir case”, as it’s being labelled, has all the elements of a tragic Latin American soap opera. This might seems trivial but it’s how Argentines tend to interact with murder cases, popularising either the criminal or his or her victim (see the "Ricardo Barreda/Conchita" or "Yiya Murano" cases).

THE CASE

In the carnival city of Gualeguaychú, Entre Ríos, Nahir Galarza — blonde, pretty and popular — steals her policeman father’s pistol and shoots her boyfriend Fernando Pastorizzo with two bullets, leaving him dead in the streets. A taxi driver finds Pastorizzo’s body in the early hours of December 29, 2017. 

Galarza has confessed to the crime. She is currently being held in a special police facility for women and youths in Gualeguay, Entre Ríos.

Already the 19-year-old has been dragged before the cameras, either entering and leaving court. Image is everything in Argentina, especially when public opinion becomes a factor to gauge for judges and prosecutors.

The young woman’s lawyers are sticking with the argument that she had been a victim of gender-based violence. Text messages and testimonies paint the 19-year-old as a considerably normal teenager, her boyfriend as controlling and invasive.

Pastorizzo’s family will be involved in prosecuting the case. And as the media continue to fish for juicy details, a court will today decide if the confessed killer is granted house arrest or preventative jail time for a period of 60 days. 

When it comes to images, many in the media game will be hoping for the former. In any case, 60 days is more than enough time to keep viewers and clickers entertained.

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