The funeral has been taking place in the Colombian capital, Bogota, of a seven-year-old girl from a poor family who was raped and killed on Sunday. Yuliana Samboni’s body – which showed signs of torture – was found in a luxury apartment in the city. It’s believed she had been suffocated.
The suspect, who has been detained by the police, is from a wealthy family. The killing has ignited public anger about child sex abuse as well as over the country’s deep social divide. PreYuliana Samboni had been playing outside her family home in a working class neighbourhood of Bogota when she was snatched from the street by a man in a grey van. Hours later, her body was found with signs of rape and torture in the apartment of a wealthy architect in the affluent Chapinero district. The 38-year-old owner had disappeared after checking himself into a private clinic for a cocaine and alcohol overdose. The suspect, Rafael Uribe Noguera, has been remanded in custody pending investigations. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated femicide, torture, abduction and rape. President Juan Manuel Santos has condemned the killing. Hundreds of people gathered to light candles and social media in Colombia was taken over by the movements. “I demand, as Colombians demand, the most prompt and severe justice that falls on the person responsible for this murder,” said President Juan Manuel Santos at a meeting of young students, Yuliana’s body was buried in the isolated rural hamlet of El Bolivar, in the department of Cauca where her family is from.