Translated by Jesús Ronquillo / Circuito Frontera
In a commemoration ceremony, Ciudad Juarez yesterday remembered the ten Security and Prison Custody police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during the tragic riot at CERESO 3, last January 1, 2023.
The ceremony paid tribute to these brave officers in the presence of their families.
State Public Security Secretary Gilberto Loya Chavez highlighted in his speech the bravery and sacrifice of these men, emphasizing that their legacy is a perennial reminder of the fight against self-government in prisons.
“These brave men risked everything trying to maintain peace and order inside the Cereso. No 3, we can never forget their sacrifice,” said Loya, who also noted the changes made in the prison administration since then.
On the fateful January 1, 2023, the following prison security and custody officers lost their lives: Abel Juárez Hernández, Édgar Omar Hernández García, Carlos Santiago Padilla Silva, Domingo Trejo Serrano, José Ausencio Pérez Puentes, Guadalupe Gámez Galán, Carlos Ernesto Salinas Bañuelos, Manuel Rodríguez Soria, Jaime Arciniega Alvarado and Víctor Hugo Rivera Meraz.
The following day, Commander Omar Eduardo Posada Cárdenas and Agent Édgar Ramírez Ramírez of the State Investigation Agency also lost their lives.
The ceremony included a guard of honor performed by civilian and military authorities, representatives of the Penitentiary System and the families of the fallen, in front of a mural recognizing their work and sacrifice.
A symbolic roll call, silence and honor salutes marked moments of deep reflection and respect.
The commemoration culminated with the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the deceased, symbolizing respect and eternal remembrance of their valor.
Loya highlighted the state’s commitment to guarantee security and adequate equipment for prison officers, reflecting a strengthening in the preparation and resources available to the staff.
Present at the event were Óscar Ibáñez Hernández, representative of the State Government in Ciudad Juárez; Congresswoman Adriana Terrazas Porras, president of the State Congress; Brigadier General Jorge Alberto Buchan Martínez, commander of the Military Garrison; the U.S. Consul in Ciudad Juárez, Erick Cohan; and Ricardo Fernández Acosta, undersecretary of the Penitentiary, Preventive and Social Reinsertion System of the SSPE.