Wednesday 12/8/21

Two dead, several wounded after shooting in Valencian cemetery

A shooting between Spanish Roma families ends in tragedy on All Saints' Day
01 November 2021, Spain, Barcelona: A general view of sculptures decorating tombs of the Poblenou cemetery on All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday dedicated to the memory of the deceased. Photo: Jordi Boixareu/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Sculptures decorating tombs in a Barcelona cemetery on All Saints' Day, a holiday dedicated to the memory of the deceased. Photo: Jordi Boixareu/dpa.

What had to be a journey to remember those who are no longer with us, ended in a tragedy.

Two Roma families staged a violent brawl that ended with two people dead and several arrested on Monday morning in the cemetery of the municipality of Torrent (Valencia).

According to police information, the events occurred around 10:20 a.m., when the cemetery was already crowded, since it was the All Saints holiday.

A 45-year-old man died after being shot in the back, killing him instantly.

There is another deceased person, a 79-year-old man, but the cause of his death is not yet clear enough. At first, some sources reported that his death could have been caused by a heart attack, but later reports indicate that he was hit by a stray bullet.

There is also at least one other person seriously injured.

The son of the fatal victim who was shot in the back, a 20-year-old young man, also had a gunshot wound and was taken by ambulance to the Hospital General de Valencia.

Cordoned off cemetery

The emergency services and agents of the National and Local Police have traveled to the scene of the events. The security forces proceeded to cordon off the place and deployed patrols in the vicinity of the cemetery to prevent further clashes.

The cemetery was closed to the public and the police have started an investigation to try to clarify the facts.

According to local media reports, one of the families involved in the brawl is known as 'Los Bocanegra.' The 45-year-old deceased and the serious gunshot wounded belong to that family.

The city council of Torrent has suspended the acts of tribute to the deceased in the cemetery, which remains closed to the public.