May 2015 Rio Bravo lynching

A sixteen-year-old girl was burned to death in Río Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala in May 2015 by a vigilante mob after being accused by some of involvement in the killing of a moto taxi driver. A video of the lynching was later uploaded to YouTube and widely circulated on Guatemalan social media.

May 2015 Rio Bravo lynching
DateMay 2015
LocationRío Bravo, Suchitepéquez, Guatemala
ChargesNo charges
VerdictNo verdict


The lynching took place on 12 May 2015 in the Guatemalan village of Río Bravo.[1] According to local media, the sixteen-year-old girl had been accused of being involved in the murder of Carlos Enrique González Noriega, a 68-year-old moto taxi driver. Residents claimed the girl, along with two other men, shot González Noriega after he had refused to pay protection money.[1] The two male accomplices escaped, but the girl was captured by a mob and dragged to the town center.[2][3]

A crowd of at least one hundred people—including women and children—watched as she was repeatedly punched and kicked by vigilantes. Police attempted to intervene, but were blocked from the area by the mob.[2][4] After being severely beaten, a member of the crowd doused the girl in gasoline and burned her to death.[1][2][3]

Seven days after the lynching, a video of the attack surfaced online.[1] The video was uploaded to YouTube, where it received thousands of views before being removed.[2][5] The video was also widely shared on Guatemalan social media networks, where it prompted debate on vigilante justice.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Joel Suncar (19 May 2015). "Divulgan video de adolescente linchada". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Cedar Attanasio (21 May 2015). "Guatemalan Villagers Burn Woman Who Was Suspected Assassin". Latin Times. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Doug Bolton (24 May 2015). "16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob". Queensland Times. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b Annie Rose Ramos, Catherine E. Shoichet and Richard Beltran (27 May 2015). "Video of mob burning teen in Guatemala spurs outrage". CNN. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. ^ Michael Koziol (25 May 2015). "Girl, 16, burnt alive by Guatemalan lynch mob". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 March 2019.