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Christopher Raymundo Marquez: 6 year old Mexican boy tortured to death during kidnap game with other children

Christopher Raymundo Marquez
How one six year old boy came to be killed as in an afterthought …. and the limited culpability of his assailants.

Christopher Raymundo Marquez a 6 year old Mexican boy has been murdered by five other children during a macabre game of kidnap.

The boy’s death came after allegedly invited to play and collect firewood from a waste ground near his home in Chihuahua by the youngsters, aged 12 to 15.

Things would turn for the worst when the children reached a stream and told the 6 year old boy that they were going to feign a kidnap.

Unwittingly the boy allowed himself to have his hands and feet tied together before mercilessly beaten with a thorn covered stick.

Slight pause. What fun and games children will have ….

From there the children then stoned the boy and suffocated him with the stick pressed agains his neck, leading to his death.

For good measure after Marquez had been killed one of the children stabbed him in the back.

The child’s body was found buried face-down in a shallow grave in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua early Saturday afternoon – two days after he went missing from his nearby home.

The alleged killers, a boy aged 12, two girls aged 13 and two other boys aged 15, had covered the hand-dug hole he had been dumped in with weeds and a dead animal, authorities said. 

Since the 6 year old boy’s death, authorities told that the child suspects are too young to be charged and tried under local law.

Christopher Raymundo Marquez

State prosecutor Sergio Almaraz said the youngster had been killed during a ‘game of kidnap’. He added that the minors had admitted Thursday’s killing in a poor neighborhood of the state capital. 

Told Almaraz: ‘While they were playing, one of the 15-year-olds suggested to the others that they should kill Christopher. It wasn’t planned. It was a condition of the game they played.’

Authorities discovered Christopher’s body after the mother of one of the 15-year-old boys phoned police to tell them she had discovered her son had participated in the murder.

He and the other teenage boy face criminal charges but the three younger children, who are under the age of criminal responsibility in Mexico (which is set at 14), cannot be tried.

Said a spokesman for the local prosecution service : ‘Because they’re minors and very young they have very specific rights which are stipulated by law. 

‘All five children will undergo psychological and sociological studies to determine their family environments.’

Christopher’s mother, Tania, who reported him missing on Thursday night, said on Sunday her son’s alleged killers had taken part in the search for him with their families before his body was found.

She said: ‘What I want is justice. If justice isn’t done, we’ll make sure it’s done with our own hands. I, as a mom, demand justice. How are they going to set these children free?

‘They haven’t done these horrible things to a dog, they’ve done them to a child.’

The murder of Christopher Raymundo Marquez ‘at the hands of five other children’ has stunned Mexico. Prosecutors have expressed concern over a killing that showed ‘social decomposition’ and an ‘absence of values.’

 Christopher Raymundo Marquez