Family and friends farewell murdered teacher Ulises Salvador Nava Juárez at the facilities of the General Coordination of the South Zone (UAGro) in the resort of Acapulco, Mexico, on July 17, 2023. EFE/ David Guzman

Murdered activist of LGBT+ community farewelled in Mexico

Mexico City, July 17 (EFE).- With flowers, balloons and the rainbow colors of the LGBT+ community, people gathered in Acapulco, in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, on Monday to farewell Ulises Salvador Nava, a community activist who was murdered at the weekend.

Family and friends farewell murdered teacher Ulises Salvador Nava Juárez at the facilities of the General Coordination of the South Zone (UAGro) in the resort of Acapulco, Mexico, on July 17, 2023. EFE/ David Guzman

“Unfortunately and regrettably, deranged minds put us in mourning and artfully deprived us of our lives and, of course, we will continue with our demand for justice and punishment of those responsible for this sad and irreparable event,” said Autonomous University of Guerrero (UAGro) rector José Alfredo Romero.

Family and friends farewell murdered teacher Ulises Salvador Nava Juárez at the facilities of the General Coordination of the South Zone (UAGro) in the resort of Acapulco, Mexico, on July 17, 2023. EFE/ David Guzman

Nava, who was head of the department of sexual diversity of the UAGro, was assassinated in the central state of Aguascalientes, where he had participated in the country’s first National Congress of Strategic Litigation for the Defense of the Rainbow Quota.

In a statement, the UAGro demanded from the government of Aguascalientes justice and punishment for those responsible for the crime on Saturday, when Nava was shot dead by people on a motorcycle outside the Discover Interactive Museum facilities.

He was remembered by teachers, students and family members as a loving humanitarian and defender of just causes. His murder shocked those who knew him, since they said he only sought to participate as a representative of the state of Guerrero in the congress he attended.

“He always helped everyone and that is why it hurts us that he is no longer with us physically,” said the emeritus teacher Javier Saldaña Almazán.

Within the tribute, it was insisted that the legacy that Nava left both inside and outside of the university must be followed, for which reason it was requested that the fight for the rights of the LGBT+ community and also of other vulnerable groups continue, and it was asked that he be inscribed in the memorial of outstanding people of the institution. EFE

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