Death of Minor, Man Raise Death Toll to 9 in Guatemala Bus Attack

By Dialogo
January 13, 2011

Thirteen-year-old Jorge Enrique Cac Zacarías, died in Guatemala on the night of 9 January as a result of the injuries he suffered following the attack on a bus on 3 January, hospital sources announced.

He was the eighth victim claimed by an event that provoked an emotional reaction across Guatemala.

Cac Zacarías, who was a passenger on the bus, together with his mother and two sisters, who also lost their lives. He suffered burns on more than 80% of his body.

On 12 January, 55-year-old Lázaro Donis died too, raising the death toll to nine in the same attack. Donis also suffered burns to large parts of his body.

Guatemalan security forces arrested two suspects last week and identified two imprisoned gang members as having planned the attack, because they did not receive the money they demanded in a case of extortion.

The country’s president, Álvaro Colom, dismissed the possibility of a link between drug-trafficking groups and the attack.

“There’s no relationship between drug trafficking and this terrorist attack, but instead they were ‘clicas’ (gang cells) that dedicate themselves to extortion,” Colom affirmed.