A 46-year-old man covered in blood stains was also there and was arrested. Subsequently, leaked photos and videos emerged that show a bloody man who apparently admitted to stabbing the woman after, what he says, was a heated argument in which she threatened to kill him, before skinning her to remove evidence. CNN has not been able to determine if the man has legal representation.
Claudia Sheinbaum, mayor of Mexico City, said prosecutors will demand the maximum penalty against the alleged perpetrator, who police said was the woman’s husband.
“Femicide is an absolutely condemnable crime. It is terrible when hate reaches extremes as in the case of Ingrid Escamilla,” Sheinbaum wrote on Twitter.
But the outrage over the horrifying case intensified after local tabloids and digital news websites published extremely graphic and leaked photographs of the victim’s body. One of the newspapers, Pasala, showed the photos on its cover next to the headline “It was Cupid’s fault.” CNN has contacted Pasala to comment.
The publication provoked the fury of activists in the country, who have been taking to the streets in recent months demanding a change in the way they handle and report cases of violence against women.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has criticized the media’s response to the murder.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor’s office in Mexico City is investigating public officials about the leak and is considering turning crime into distributing images of victims, he said in a statement.
López Obrador said in a press conference on Thursday that the person responsible for filtering the images should be reprimanded. “This is a crime that must be punished, whoever it is,” he said.
Femicide, the murder of women by their gender, has increased in Mexico in recent years; 1,006 cases were reported in 2019, compared to 912 the previous year.
According to Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz, femicides have increased 137% in the last five years. Gertz said at a press conference earlier this week that if “there was no justice” for vulnerable groups, such as the elderly, children and women, “then we are not doing our job.”
But women’s rights groups have said that very few murders are classified as femicides and that enough perpetrators are not brought to justice.
“Mexico faces a great challenge in terms of violence against women,” the country’s National Women’s Institute said Wednesday, in a statement that also criticized the media for publishing the images.
“The distribution of images of criminal acts, as a way of advocating for crime that involves sensationalism, cruelty, mockery and morbidity, causes revictimization, banalizes violence and threatens the dignity, privacy and identity of victims and their families “said the group.
They added that the publication risked “preventing the due process that is necessary to guarantee access to justice,” and asked media organizations to act “ethically.”
Many people on social networks have also published photos of Escamilla alive in an attempt to counteract the publication of the images, while others have labeled it in publications that show scenes of natural beauty, such as sunsets and skies lit by stars .
The marches of feminist and sympathetic groups are expected to take place in the city on Fridays and Saturdays.
CNN’s Jack Guy contributed reporting.