Mexico city: Kneeling at four-year-old Lupita’s grave, Mexican activist Veronica Villalvazo spoke to the murdered girl as if she had known her all her short life.
“Hey girl,” she said, laying flowers on the earth.
In reality, Villalvazo never met the child long known only as “the little girl in the red socks.”
But she was determined not to let her be just another anonymous statistic in the wave of violence against women and girls in Mexico.
Lupita’s semi-naked body, beaten and sexually assaulted, was found in a Mexico City suburb on March 18.
No one came forward to claim her, and for months, she was known only by the clothing she had on when locals found her in a vacant lot: a pair of bright red socks.
Villalvazo, a 47-year-old journalist and women’s rights activist, first read about the case in the local newspapers she monitors every day in an attempt to document Mexico’s epidemic