3 men killed in Mexico City following monthslong dispute over house

3 men killed in Mexico City following monthslong dispute over house


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Two young men and their uncle were murdered in a pre-Christmas attack at a Mexico City house in the early 1900s. This brought attention to the dark side the capital’s booming realty market. It is fueled by gangs that illegally seize property and a lack of legal documentation. His actor brother Jorge Tirado, an uncle, and actor Andres Tirado were all found dead on Sunday with their throats slit.

Prosecutors claimed that the apparent motive was a dispute over ownership of the property.

Another case was that of a young woman who posted a desperate video to social media Tuesday from a roof on the city’s southside. She can be heard shouting: “Police!” Help! They have kidnapped my daughter!”

Police say the woman claimed that her relatives had built a metal door to stop her leaving her home. This trapping her with her four children inside. The alleged abduction was allegedly caused by a dispute over property ownership. Police are investigating the illegal takingover of the property.

Authorities have known for years that there are violent, armed gangs that specialize on taking over houses. This is due to the fact that many properties, possibly as many as one-fifth, have no legal papers and titles listed in the names deceased people who have left no will.

Three people were shot to death in Mexico City on Dec. 22, 2022. Police are protecting the house.
Three people were shot to death in Mexico City on Dec. 22, 2022. Police are protecting the house.

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A 2021 report by the city government’s public policy evaluation agency shows that the capital’s percentage of homes occupied by squatters, who have legal ownership or had owners who died without a will, rose from 10.9% to 19.9% in 2010 and to 19.9% in 2020.

Mexico’s legal system is inefficient, costly, antiquated, corrupt, and inefficient.

Mexico City prosecutors stated that in 2019, some 311 active property-seizure case cases that year, notary publics and lawyers had falsified papers to force out legitimate owner.

Many people don’t have Mexico wills because it is expensive. This leaves many who inherit homes with issues in protecting their rights.

This appears to be the case in the murders of the Tirado brothers, and their uncle. After a long battle with cancer, the elderly brother of the uncle died. However, his nurse, who had been caring for him, continued to live on ground floor of the house in the vibrant Roma neighborhood, which was made famous by the Oscar-winning 2018 film “Roma.”

The following account was given by the prosecution:

Based on her romantic relationship with the deceased man, the nurse tried to claim the house as hers. To prevent the nurse’s seizing of the home, the man’s sister moved into the upstairs.

In August, the Tirado brothers moved in with their aunt and uncle to protect them. The nurse had brought her daughter-in-law and son-in law to live on the ground floor. The Tirados feared that they might become violent.

The result was a five-month long, tense coexistence with one family downstairs, and one upstairs.

Ulises Lara, a prosecution spokesperson, stated that the downstairs family “began acting in such a way that it progressed towards this type of violence.”

The nurse, her daughter, and son-in law were ordered to jail pending trial on kidnapping allegations. The case is currently being investigated by the police. One of the suspects in the murders — believed to be related to the nurse — was also arrested on drug charges.

Sometimes gangs simply evicted the owners of a property by forcing their way in. Mexico City estimates that there are 23 home seizure groups operating in Mexico City. Some of them are linked to drug gangs, others to quasi-political organizations.

“A problem we have in practically all of the city is the problem property takeovers,” Ernestina Godoy, Mexico City prosecutor, stated in 2019.

A police operation in 2016 evicted a violent gang of squatters from a Condesa neighborhood house that they had seized years earlier. Police discovered underground tunnels and bunkers beneath the building after it was recovered. Also recovered were weapons and stolen goods.

In the face of rising prices, rents, and a housing shortage, the building was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished.

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