The cold-blooded murder of a bus driver in Great Buenos Aires renewed calls this week for greater security on public transport.
The mood surrounding the murder of Leandro Miguel Alcarez on Sunday has been one of outrage and angst. The 26-year-old driver of the 620 bus line in La Matanza, Greater Buenos Aires, had swapped his Monday shift in order to spend time with his four-year-old daughter on her birthday.
Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of two suspects, as bus drivers on several key suburban lines continued their strike calling for justice for Alcarez.
For his part, Buenos Aires provincial Security Minister Cristián Retondo announced that the Vidal government would be investing in greater security equipment on bus and train lines, specifically cameras.
Police arrested two men: a 17-year-old nicknamed “Tano” from the Virrey del Pino district of La Matanza, a city in Greater Buenos Aires; and 18-year-old Jonathan Acevedo, also from Virrey del Pino.
The men were identified by witnesses and neighbours after photos went viral on social media and WhatsApp.
The men are alleged to have demanded a free ride on the 620 bus on Sunday afternoon. Alcarez had refused to yield to their demands, obliging them to pay. When they got off the bus, one of the men opened fire on the 26-year-old driver, according to witnesses.