The Ministry of Foreign Affairs deeply condemns the death of 31-year-old Mexican national Rubén García Villalpando, originally from the state of Durango, who passed away on February 20th, presumably due to shots fired by a member of the Grapevine police department in Tarrant County, Texas, in the United States.
The Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas just learned of the events yesterday, February 24, when they spoke with the victim's widow. That constitutes a serious violation of the Grapevine Police Department's obligations according to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations to notify consular officials in the case of a death of a foreign national.
Accordingly, the Consul General of Mexico in Dallas, José Octavio Tripp Villanueva, sent a letter to the Tarrant County District Attorney in which he asked him to conduct an exhaustive investigation in order to determine legal responsibility for the regrettable incident.
Additionally, a letter a protest was sent to the Grapevine Chief of Police expressing our condemnation and asking for an investigation into the events. Moreover, because the events occurred near the city limits of Euless, a third letter was sent to the Chief of Police of that city to ask for the results of the investigation that the town will conduct.
Personnel from the consulate are in permanent contact with the widow of Mr. García Villalpando, who has expressed her desire to hold the funeral service for her late husband in the Dallas metropolitan area, for which logistical and economic support from the consulate will be provided.
At the same time, and in line with consular practices, we will provide assistance and accompaniment to the legal representatives that the family of the Mexican national decides to hire in order to ensure that they conduct an exhaustive analysis of all the legal options related to the case.
The Government of Mexico condemns, once more, the recent events that have cost the lives of Mr. Zambrano Montes, and now, Mr. García Villalpando, which are examples of the disproportionate use of lethal force that results in the unnecessary loss of life and erodes the trust that should exist between the authorities and the communities in which they operate.