“The matriarch of Joaquin Guzman’s family dies in Culiacan, Sinaloa, sparking memories of a controversial encounter with Mexican President”
Maria Consuelo Loera, the 95-year-old mother of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious Mexican drug kingpin, passed away on Sunday at a private hospital in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa.
The news was confirmed by family members and local media, citing complications arising weeks after gallbladder surgery.
Mrs. Loera’s association with controversy became pronounced when she met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in March 2020 during his tour of the state.
The President, despite facing criticism, approached her car to greet her. Defending his actions, Obrador stated that regardless of her son’s activities, the elderly woman “deserves all my respect.”
During their encounter, Maria Consuelo Loera handed a letter to President Obrador, seeking assistance in obtaining a humanitarian visa to visit her son in the United States.
Joaquin Guzman has been serving a life sentence for drug trafficking since 2019. Unfortunately, she was unable to make the trip.
Reacting to her demise during his Monday morning press conference, President Obrador expressed his condolences, emphasizing his respect for the family.
He stated, “I respect the family… Any human being who loses her life deserves respect and also consideration for the relatives, to everyone. No human is alien to me.”
The passing of Maria Consuelo Loera marks the end of a chapter linked to one of the most notorious figures in the world of drug trafficking.