Julio Cesar Chavez’s Brother Murdered in Mexico

Rafael Chavez Gonzalez, the brother of boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, was shot and killed in front of his family during a robbery at his home in western Mexico in a murder that Julio Cesar Chavez said “will not go unpunished.”

Sinaloa state prosecutor Juan Jose Rios said in a news conference Monday that two men entered the rear of Chavez’s home in Culiacan on Sunday night and demanded money. Although some was handed over, they demanded more and, when Chavez resisted, he was shot. His brother Roberto Chavez Gonzalez confirmed the account for the Associated Press and added that the shooting occurred in front of his brother’s family.

During the first five months of 2017, murders in Mexico have been up about 30 percent over the same period in 2016.

In a tweet, Julio Cesar Chavez thanked fans for their support and said that “this murder will not go unpunished I assure you.”

Rafael Chavez Gonzalez’s nephew shared a photo of his uncle (in orange shorts) on Instagram and wrote: “It’s incredible that they just assaulted my uncle, and as he did not want to give them the money, they killed him. It’s incredible how people can take the life of someone who has children and a mother who does not know the pain and damage that will provoke that easily.”

"[The police] could not identify any of them, but we have clues and I’m not going to let them know [by telling the media], but it’s all very advanced, thank God, and this is not going to go unpunished, I swear – because unfortunately there has been a lack of security in Culiacán and not just in Culiacán… this is happening throughout the Mexican Republic and I think we must unite, all Mexicans, to fight against this, to support each other because it seems that there is no government," Chavez Sr. said.

"The increase of murders, uprisings are increasing. Today it was my brother, maybe tomorrow it will be me. I am very outraged. All we know is that they were three boys, one stayed outside, two came in, they asked for the money… at that moment I do not know how much my brother gave them and they wanted to get more out of him and since he didn’t have it – they gave him bullets."

"My brother dedicated to helping people who have problems with alcohol and drugs or any type of addiction. Thanks to my recovery he could also recover, and the saddest thing is that he lost his life for some drug addicts. We do not know who they are, but we will find them."

Original Story: Washington Post

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