A six-year-old boy has been brutally murdered by five other children during a macabre ‘game of kidnap’, Mexican authorities have revealed.
Christopher Raymundo Marquez was allegedly invited to play and collect firewood from a waste ground near his home in Chihuahua by the youngsters, aged 12 to 15. But as they reached a stream, the children told him they were going to feign a kidnap. They tied Christopher’s hands and feet together, before beating him with a thorn-covered stick, it is said. They then reportedly stoned the youngster and suffocated him with the stick pressed against his neck, killing him. After he had died, one of the children even stabbed him in the back, it is alleged.
Christopher’s body was found buried face-down in a shallow grave in the northern Mexican city of Chihuahua early Saturday afternoon – two days after he went missing from his nearby home. The alleged killers, a boy aged 12, two girls aged 13 and two other boys aged 15, had covered the hand-dug hole he had been dumped in with weeds and a dead animal, authorities said. Police detailed the horrific circumstances surrounding Christopher’s killing on Saturday night as they revealed that three of the child suspects are too young to be charged and tried under local law.
State prosecutor Sergio Almaraz said the youngster had been killed during a ‘game of kidnap’. He added that the minors had admitted Thursday’s killing in a poor neighborhood of the state capital. The children, neighbors and friends of Christopher, had invited the boy to play and collect firewood – but had turned on him after telling him they were going to feign a kidnap beside the stream. Mr Almaraz said: ‘While they were playing, one of the 15-year-olds suggested to the others that they should kill Christopher. It wasn’t planned. It was a condition of the game they played.’