Daniel Picazo, 31, was lynched by a crowd of 200 people in the central state of Puebla after accusations that a suspected child kidnapper had entered the town were widely shared on telephone messaging groups, municipal authorities said.
Police attempted to rescue Picazo and placed him inside a patrol car but the mob forced him out and into a sports field where he was beaten, doused with gasoline, and set on fire while still alive as reported CBS news.
“This is not justice, but barbarism,” the municipality of Huachinango, which administers the town of Papatlazolco where the lynching took place, said in a statement.
“The competent authorities are already investigating what happened to determine responsibility.”
Picazo’s body was recovered after the mob left the area.
Until March 2022, he served as an advisor at the legislative Chamber of Deputies, the institution confirmed on social media while condemning the lynching.
Mob justice is not uncommon in parts of Mexico, particularly in more remote areas where police are slow to arrive.
One of the most dramatic cases occurred in 2019, also in Puebla, when seven men were beaten and burned alive.
Picazo’s body was discovered after the mob had fled the scene.
A 31-year-old named Daniel Picazo was burned alive by an angry mob in Mexico after being wrongly identified as a child abductor. The group of around 30 people beat him up, doused him with gasoline and set him on fire https://t.co/CWCbpNMvnT
– THE COUNTRY Mexico (@elpaismexico) June 13, 2022
“This is not justice, but barbarism,” claimed the municipality of Huachinango, which oversees the village of Papatlazolco, where the lynching occurred.
“The appropriate authorities are already examining what occurred in order to find the culprit.”
The municipality stated on Facebook on Sunday: “Don’t be taken in by #FakeInformation! Verify all forms of information disseminated via any medium.”
Picazo is the second person to be lynched in Puebla this year(Daily Mail). On May 15, a crowd thrashed and murdered a man in the municipality of Izcar de Matamoros after he was suspected of attempting to steal a motorcycle.
Authorities also stopped three lynchings in March, rescuing five individuals from their assailants.
Mob justice is widespread in some regions of Mexico, especially in more distant places where authorities are slow to respond. In 2019, seven individuals were assaulted and burnt alive in Puebla, making it one of the most horrific occurrences.
According to BBC News, two men were burnt to death in Puebla in 2018 after allegations spread on WhatsApp that they were child abductors. The rumors were shown to be false.
According to Jose Gil, Mexico City’s deputy minister of information and cyber intelligence, social media plays a part in numerous crimes.