Rocio Barletta, 11

At noontime on Holy Thursday, 11-year-old Rocio Barletta left their house in Barrio Ameghino, Cordoba City to buy cigarettes for her father.

She never returned.

Rocio Barletta, 11. PHOTO TAKEN FROM http://www.misionescuatro.com

The next day, her body was found lifeless and with burns near La Calera. Investigators suspect she was raped, strangled to death, and then partially burned to remove traces of evidence, La Voz reports.

Police arrested 26-year-old Omar Peralta on the same day. According to Dia a Dia, several witnesses pointed to him as the person who killed Rocio. Authorities are investigating whether Peralta is under the influence of drugs.

Rocio's family. PHOTO TAKEN FROM http://www.lavoz.com.ar

The incident made headlines all over Cordoba’s media on Friday, burying all other stories, even the city’s Holy Week traditions. In El Doce, where I’m currently an intern, a reporter followed the victim’s family all day and delivered live reports regularly.

Even to a city that is used to crimes, the news sent chills and caused a feeling of collective grief and anger. It is like how many Filipinos felt when a 14-year-old girl was raped and killed in Laguna in February, and when the same thing happened to a 7-year-old girl in Manila weeks after.

This Easter, let us pray for Rocio and all the other girls who suffered the same fate.

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7 thoughts on “Rocio Barletta, 11

  1. This is indeed a very sad news…..it simply shows that no one is exempted from violence…whoever…wherever….let us pray for all the victims of violence….especially the children…

    Posted by dexter guangco | April 7, 2012, 14:38
  2. Hindi lang pala namumukod-tangi ang Pilipinas. So does this say much about how we in the media cover the news, no matter what place in the world? How sensitive were they compared to us?

    Posted by pinoyjourn | April 7, 2012, 23:45
  3. grabe naman… mga halang ang kaluluwa! :(

    Posted by jonathan G. Cano | April 8, 2012, 02:29


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