Erika Gandara is the lone police officer in the small town of Guadalupe, Mexico in the state of Chihuahua. Gandara has been kidnapped, reportedly by about ten men. Her home and two cars were torched. If you’ve been following the story of 20-year-old Marisol Valles Garcia, the only police officer in another small Chihuahua town, there is new information on her below.
Ms. Gandara, 28, joined the Guadalupe police force in 2009. At that time, there were twelve agents – all of whom have been murdered or quit out of fear for their lives. She has been the only police officer since June 2010:
A single woman without children, Ms. Gandara often patrolled the streets with her automatic pistol in hand.
Her town of Guadalupe is just 3 miles from the U.S. border with Mexico and 40 miles from Ciudad Juarez, and very near to Praxedis Guadalupe Guerreror where college student, Marisol Valles is the lone law officer.
In November, another Chihuahua police chief was murdered. Hermila Garcia Quinones, in Meoqui was chased and gunned down in her car. She single and 38-years-old.
In the small town of Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, 20 year-old mother and student Marisol Valles Garcia volunteered to be the Police Chief when no one else would step up for the job. She is still alive today. The reporting on kidnapping of Gandara may give a glimpse of why the drug cartels are not bothering with Marisol. She has announced that she does not have the resources to fight crime, and so she will focus on “social issues.” In contrast, Erika Gandara made this statement to the AP:
“I am this town’s only cop. I am the law… I am not here for humanitarian stuff, I am not here to do social work.”
The crime-ridden Mexican military has been called in, to do what I can only imagine. Often, the military is part of the problem. Please join me for prayer for this young woman, just three miles…three miles from the U.S. border. Thanks to Weazel Zippers for the photo.