'Why did she have to die?' Mexico's war on women claims young artist

Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre was shot as she cycled home last month in the violent border city of Ciudad Juárez. Her friends and comrades have little hope of justice

They gathered in the chill of a high desert night, around a bakery on a street corner in the US-Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, to blend homage with mourning, love with sorrow.

Opposite them: a mural of painted eyes and the words “Te observan” – they’re watching you. And a self-portrait by the artist, Isabel Cabanillas de la Torre, 25, shedding a tear. It is a prescient touch: at the foot of the painting is a floral tribute to Cabanillas, who was shot in the head on 18 January while cycling home.

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