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Six Cuenca prison inmates found hanging in their cells; At first, officials called it suicide

Officials at the Turi prison are being tight-lipped following the hanging deaths of six inmates Thursday morning. After first saying it appeared the deaths were suicides, they later conceded that revenge could be a factor but refused further comment pending an investigation.

Turi prison inmates hang clothing out cell windows following Thursday’s deaths.

The victims were found suspended from rafters in their cells just before noon in different units of the prison, two in the minimum security pavilion, three in medium security and one in maximum security.

According to news media, the scene inside and outside the prison was chaotic following the discovery of the bodies, with more than a hundred police converging on the parking lot and family members of prisoners screaming from behind prison fences.

“At first, there were reports of a riot inside the building, which the authorities denied, but we could hear banging and shouting through the open windows so we knew there was some kind of disturbance,” said television reporter Oscar Castro. “Everyone’s question is how in the world could this happen? What kind of security does the prison maintain that would allow this? It was absurd they would say that six prisoners committed suicide simultaneously in different parts of the prison.”

According to Castro, there is no doubt the inmates were murdered as a result of conflicts between criminal gangs operating at Turi and Ecuador’s other national prisons. “Los Choneros, Latin Kings, Los Lagartos, Los Gorra and Los Cubanos operate freely in the all the facilities and there were murders last year in Guayaquil and Esmeraldas. These are the first in Cuenca.”

Cuenca city officials expressed outrage at the deaths, suggesting the prison is poorly managed and over-crowded and that it poses a danger to the community. Municipal councilman Cristian Zamora criticized the recent transfer of dangerous inmates from Guayaquil to Cuenca and said the prison now houses 2,771 inmates while its capacity is 2,716. “Those living near the prison say they feel in danger because of the friends and family members of the inmates who camp outside the prison. Many of these people are criminals themselves.”

Mayor Pedro Palacios also voiced concern, criticizing prison management for not releasing more information. “It appears we have a situation that is out of control,” he said.

The dead were identified as Carlos C. and Jorge T, convicted for rape; Adilson L. and Darío M., for murder; and Stalin E. and Pedro N., for robbery.

9 thoughts on “Six Cuenca prison inmates found hanging in their cells; At first, officials called it suicide

    1. Oh my god….this statement is SO FAR from the desperate issue at hand!! There are FEW country’s that have a civilized Department of Corrections! These are human beings, each with a different story, and NO ONE knows how difficult the stone is….which another is rolling!! Human UP!

      1. GROW UP!!! They Earned their way into prison. They knew prison was not a nice place therefore They are ultimately responsible for their plight. Put yourself in a dangerous situation then accept your fate!!! Bleeding hearts like you Condone criminal acts.

        1. You have just raised a classic strawman argument. Nowhere did SpiffyHeart condone criminal acts.

          By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone’s argument, it’s much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.

          Example: After Will said that we should put more money into health and education, Warren responded by saying that he was surprised that Will hates our country so much that he wants to leave it defenceless by cutting military spending.

            1. Let’s grant, arguendo, that an argument often has some logic behind it. That logically implies that sometimes, an argument has no logic behind it. Such is often the case with strawman arguments. To wit, such is the case in the instant situation. Perhaps you are conflating a strawman argument with an argument based in facts, logic and reason.

  1. Six executions coordinated around the same time in different sectors of the prison sends a pretty convincing message. Make no mistate, these perpetrators are running the show at Turi.

  2. It makes a person wonder if this act of brutality now becomes an an incentive to NOT end up in jail and therefore NOT perform any criminal acts

  3. We’ve heard many a story of vigilantes in the coastal tourist towns that the thieves on the beach disappeared and were never seen again indicating that the towns people don’t want their livelihood disrupted by robberies and took justice in their own hands. Therefore, sending a message to the next set of beach robbers to stay away and not mess with the towns source of income.

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