Mexico, Canada, murder & diplomacy

On September 17, 2009, shortly after 9:35 a.m., a young man answering to the name of Jose Arturo Palacios Garza slammed the door of apartment 8, building D from Fovissste condo complex. The screams for assistance, of terror and anguish of the tenant resound. Some neighbors contact the police; others go to the door and try to comprehend what’s going on.

The medical examiner determines the time of death at 9:45 a.m. Shortly after 9:50, Palacios Garza is apprehended by police officers.

At the beginning of afternoon, the news arrives to Canada, the country where the late one resided before going, in March 2009, to live her dream of living full time in Isla Mujeres near Cancún in Mexico. Shortly after 2 p.m. on that day, our lives were going to change forever, but we didn’t know it then. This lady is our mother, Renee Wathelet.

That not being enough, near the end of November, the news reaches us: the assassin is also wanted in Houston, Texas, for the murder of Laura Palacios, his own mother. He killed her on August 3, 2009.

One of the purposes of this website is to bring to light the darker side of this country, maintained in the abyss of discretion and denial, visited by more than one million Canadians each year. Also, to highlight what it is to be a Canadian or foreign victim of crime abroad, as well as a victim of Mexico.

At the present time, it is impossible for us to publicly reveal a considerable amount of information and evidence since the procedures are still pending. However, the already broadcasted and authorized elements are presented. When the times come, everything will be known…

Some details can be pretty shocking. Unfortunately, it is reality and to disguise it only is choosing a strategy of the ostrich. Such a strategy can only ensure the repetition of similar nightmares.

All we want is for the justice of Mexico to be respected, that the required investigations are made satisfactorily and the truth be known. The assassination already exceeds any understanding. Reading theses pages also shows the disproportion and horror of the inhumanity human beings are able to carry under the cover of the bureaucracy and politics.

Finally, we are aware that murders occur everywhere. Criticizing crime is not our objective, but denouncing how Canadians and other foreigners are treated when facing the aftermath of such crimes in Mexico is.


To act or help, the main thing is to condemn the situation to your federal Member of Parliament (MP) and the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the honorable Lawrence Canon. Expressing your concern to the Mexican embassy in Ottawa is also a good step. Donations to support the family in this fight are also largely appreciated.

We would like to thanks Justin Trudeau for his support.


To learn more on Renée, visit her blog, Endirectdesiles.com.


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