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Body will be transferred to Tepic for wake and burial
Editor’s Note: There is a planned march in Ixtapa for Tuesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. in honor of Michel Castro and to demand justice. Marchers will meet at the Oxxo on the main avenue of Ixtapa. #JusticiaParaMichel #MarchaPorLaJusticia
The Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office carried out the autopsy of Michel Castro in the early hours of June 6, 2023, which allowed authorizing the delivery of the body to the family. This process was followed by the corresponding procedure at the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences and the issuance of the death certificate at the Civil Registry.
According to the autopsy report performed on Michel Castro, it was determined that the cause of his death was a third-degree head trauma to the back of the head. The legal doctor’s opinion indicates that Michel lost his life in less than a minute due to this injury.
These findings confirm the seriousness of the situation and deepen the sadness and dismay of those who mourn the loss of Michel,” said a press release put out by MOVII. “It is a painful reminder of the violence and vulnerability faced by the LGBTIQ+ community. We demand justice and the total clarification of this case.”
After 2 p.m. on June 6, 2023, the body of Michel Castro was delivered to his mother, Bacilia Guizar, who thanked the efforts made by DIF Puerto Vallarta, which covered the embalming, coffin and transfer funeral expenses.
She also expressed his gratitude to the Civil Registry for quickly providing the death certificate and to the LGBTIQ+ community for their support during this difficult time.
The body of Michel, a victim of disappearance and later found lifeless, will be transferred to the city of Tepic overnight for his wake and burial in the Jardines de San Juan pantheon. During this process, local LGBTIQ+ organizations will offer their support and accompaniment to the family in this painful moment.
After the autopsy was carried out and the body was delivered to the family in Puerto Vallarta, the transfer of the body to Tepic, Michel Castro’s hometown, has been organized. There, family, friends and loved ones will gather to say goodbye and pay tribute in an atmosphere of love and respect.
LGBTIQ+ organizations in Tepic have joined in solidarity to accompany the family during this difficult process and provide them with the necessary support. Although Michel’s loss is irreparable, his mother is grateful for the support of the community and is confident that justice will be served for her son.
The LGBT community and civil society organizations remain united in their demand for justice and will not cease their efforts so that this case does not go unpunished. Michel Castro will be remembered as a happy person, supportive and loved by all, and his memory will continue to be a driving force for the fight for the rights of sexual and gender diversity.