It may only be natural that when a loved one is gunned down, some nasty words get spoken. But what the wife of Jose Eduardo Moreira tweeted a few hours ago is worth studying in greater depth.
The 25-year-old Moreira was found slain Wednesday night outside of Ciudad Acuna, a border city across from Del Rio, Texas. That's him to the left in an AP photo from 2007.
The slaying has caused an uproar. Moreira was a scion of a dynastic PRI family. His father, Humberto Moreira, served for nine months last year as the president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, assuming the job after a term as governor of Coahuila state from 2005 to 2011. His uncle, Ruben Moreira, is now the governor.
Coahuila state is deeply under the shadow of Los Zetas. While news reports indicate that Ciudad Acuna is a cartel battleground, I was there twice earlier this year and didn’t find it so.
In any case, under the Moreiras Coahuila has run up monumental public debt. Just under Humberto Moreira, the debt rose to $2.6 billion. Some of it went for public works but a lot simply disappeared. The scandal forced Humberto Moreira out of his PRI leadership post.
His father, overcome with grief, stated at the wake that the son was a senseless victim of organized crime.
But the widow, Lucero Davis (@lucerodavis), was not singing off the same song sheet. Starting Thursday evening and going into this morning, she sent out three tweets. Here they are in chronological order, two of them addressed to her uncle:
@rubenmoreiravdz I demand justice!!!!! For the murder of my husband Jose Eduardo
@rubenmoreiravdz. You don’t know how to govern!!! This is your f---ing fault!!!! Resign
So the widow blames the uncle for her husband’s murder – not organized crime. Like many cases this muddies the waters. Presumably Lucero Davis was privy to much of her husband’s thinking. She was clearly very in love with him. A tweet she sent in March said: “A handsome, active, intelligent, TOO HARD-WORKING man. Who is it? Yes, my husband @jeduardomoreira”
So if she conflates organized crime with the elected leaders of the state, is it just anguish and bitterness? Or could she know something more? If it is the latter, my money says the rest of us may never learn the truth.