In a incident that has shaken the community of Merlo, a 39-year-old woman identified as Verónica Alejandra Caballero lost her life after being stabbed by her own brother, Mauro Matías Caballero. This tragic story adds to the recent death of their niece, who was also murdered by the same individual a month ago.
Veronica fought for her life for almost a month at the Héroes de Malvinas Hospital, but finally passed away last Sunday. This terrible event has caused great outrage in the community, leading the prosecution to request pretrial detention for Mauro Matías Caballero, charged with homicide aggravated by torture, treachery, and femicide.
The incident occurred on January 9th at a residence in Parque San Martín. A disagreement between Verónica and her brother turned violent, and the children present at the scene, including Verónica’s daughter, tried to intervene to stop the aggression. Unfortunately, the attacker also harmed the children and took the life of his niece.
After the horrific episode, Mauro Matías Caballero fled but was eventually captured in Ramos Mejía while planning to throw himself onto the train tracks. In his possession were the cell phones of the two injured minors.
Verónica’s death has left a deep pain in her family, especially in her eldest son, who described the agony she endured during these past thirty days. Furthermore, the Caballero family’s lawyer emphasized the importance of the Mental Health Law and how the lack of attention to addicts can lead to tragedies like this.
The case is being investigated by prosecutor Adriana Suárez Corripio, who has requested pretrial detention for Mauro Matías Caballero and will expand the charges due to Verónica’s death. This shocking family tragedy serves as a reminder of the importance of working towards violence prevention and ensuring access to proper care for those struggling with addiction.
Keywords and Terms:
– Femicide: The killing of a woman because of her gender.
– Pretrial detention: The imprisonment of an accused person before trial to prevent escape or further crimes.
– Torture: Acting with excessive cruelty and treachery when committing a murder.
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