Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ramirez Remains Return to Rio Dulce

The Guatemalan Foreign Ministry announced today that the bodies of Ana Elizabeth Ramirez Carías and her three daughters will be repatriated to the country to be buried in Rio Dulce, Izabal.

On January 27, Lupo's family was found dead with bullet wounds to the head at his home in a suburb of Los Angeles, California. It is believed that the father, Ervin Lupo, overwhelmed by debts, killed his wife and children and then committed suicide.

See these stories:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-01/29/content_10731878.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/29/us/29family.html?_r=1

The Foreign Ministry said that the Guatemalan Consulate in Los Angeles agreed to repatriate the remains of Ramirez and her daughters Brittney, Jasmine and Jassely, while her sons, Benjamin and Christian, and Lupo, will be cremated in Los Angeles. The costs will be borne by the Government, through the consulate.

"They were an incredibly happy family, very united. They laughed, smiled constantly? Why did this happen?" lamented Lupo Yolanda, sister of Ervin. "...my brother was a very compassionate father, loving, that he loved his family. They had no hope. I can imagine how things began to pile up, constantly without any hope".

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