19-year-old in police custody after killing girlfriend, burning body
19-year-old Naim Vera surrenders to police after remains of his 24-year-old girlfriend, Brenda Micaela Gordillo, found. In an attempt to cover up crime, he allegedly burnt the victim's body on a parrilla.
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A 19-year-old man has surrendered himself to police after the body of his girlfriend, 24-year-old Brenda Gordillo, was found dismembered and mutilated.
The body had been burned on a parrilla in the city of San Fernando del Valle de Catamarca.
The unnerving femicide in the capital of Catamarca Province was allegedly committed by Naim Vera, the son of a renowned local surgeon and kinesiologist.
Local reports alleged that Vera had burnt the remains of his girlfriend, put them in a container and then scattered some of her remains in sectors adjacent to provincial Ruta 4. Vera was recorded by security cameras, according to reports.
News of this femicide comes just a couple days after notorious killer Fabián Tablado was released from jail after serving 24 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend 113 times in a 1996 murder.
Feminists across Latin America are organising themselves for large protests against gender violence amid staggering rates of femicide in the region.
A total of 63 femicides were registered in Argentina during the first two months of the year, according to figures from the Observatorio Ahora que sí nos ven, a gender violence NGO – this equates to one woman murdered every 23 hours.