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Bruno Alonso Avendaño Martínez was born on October 6, 1983, although his birth certificate indicates October 10 because of a late inscription, explains his mother, Felipa Martínez Hernández. Bruno, as his brothers Gerardo, José Lucas, Ana, Rigoberto and Juan usually call him, is the last of seven children conceived by the couple Felipa and Lucas Avendaño Avendaño. Being the "darling" and / or the spoiled child of the family, Bruno was the one who took the most time to leave the mother's womb. She says that even when he was six, Bruno sometimes requested for it.


Bruno, like his siblings, studied at the Escuela Primaria Rural Federal Niños Héroes. In high school, he studied at Esc. Sec. Tec. No. 119, Santa Maria Mixtequilla, Oaxaca. Bruno led a life like any child in the country, caring and raising a herd of goats and sheep like his brothers and sisters. Moreover, her mother is currently caring for a flock of sheep as a means of perpetuating the tradition of their roots.


Bruno was the last to look after this flock of sheep. Indeed, even though his father, Lucas Avendaño Avendaño, started with a goat and a kid attached to a cart pulled by a pair of bulls, when the second son was mature enough to take care of us, it was his duty. And so, the sons passed on the charge of the sheep until Bruno, who finally inherited this responsibility.


After high school, Bruno enrolled at IMA: Instituto Manuel Altamirano, in Tehuantepec. A high school - not public - where he dropped out of school when he was in third grade. At that time, the lack of money generated many restrictions in this big family. It is for this reason that Bruno left school and dedicated himself to the craft of construction work, combining this activity with agricultural work such as the planting of corn, sesame, carnations of India and plantains.


It was not until June 1, 2011 that Bruno joined the Naval General Police of the Navy Secretariat and joined him as a sailor in Mexico City, Eje 2 Ote H. Escuela Naval 861 (Calzada de The Virgen), 04830 Coyoacán. During this period, Bruno endeavoured to stay up to date in the various courses given within this institution. This preparation will lead to his promotion to the CGIN, after passing the exams that the institution requires for the promotion of staff. The last courses that Bruno Alonso has followed according to the existing evidence and examinations are the following: "Human rights in places of detention", "Human rights, legal detention and legitimate use of force", "Human Rights and Forced Disappearance of Persons", provided by the Office of the Deputy Prosecutor General for Human Rights, Crime Prevention and Community Services and the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic in 2017.


Bruno disappeared on May 10, 2018, 5 kilometres from his mother's house; he was visiting the region of Isthmus for his first vacations.



By Lukas Avendaño, Bruno's brother Traduction by Olivia Cameron during her internship with Uekani

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