Andres and Jorge Tirado, artist brothers murdered in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood

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A brutal triple homicide in one of Mexico City’s most desirable neighborhoods has rocked the nation where murders are expected to top 35,000 by the end of 2022. 

On Sunday, artist brothers Jorge, 34, and Andres Tirado, 27, were found dead with their hands and feet bound and tape over their eyes alongside their elderly uncle, Jose Gonzalez, 76, inside of the cellar of a mansion in the Roma Norte neighborhood, an area made famous by the 2018 Oscar-winning movie Roma. 

Police also found Gonzalez’s wife, Margarita Ochoa, at the home, unharmed but handcuffed. The causes of death have not been made public. 

At the time of writing, authorities in Mexico have blamed the horrific murder on a property dispute. Friends said on social media that the brothers had been missing since December 16, according to the Attorney General’s Office. 

Andres and Jorge Tirado, artist brothers murdered in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood

Andres Tirado, 27, was an aspiring actor and a recent college graduate

Jorge Tirado, 34, (left) was a musician and music manager who is being mourned by Latin Grammy Award Best New Artist winner Silvana Estrada. Andres Tirado, 27, (right) was an aspiring actor and a recent college graduate

The home was owned by an elderly aunt of the Tirado brothers who died in May 2022. The aunt’s nurse and her family lived on the ground floor of the house. 

According to reports in Mexico, the nurse’s family had been arguing that they had inherited the house. 

Roma Norte is among Mexico City’s most trendy and affluent neighborhoods and is popular with tourists visiting from the United States.  

The nurse is considered one of the main suspects in the horrific crime. Following the death of the relative, Jose Gonzalez and his wife, Margarita Ochoa, moved in to the home, to the chagrin of the nurse and her family. 

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Amid the dispute, Gonzalez and Ochoa asked Jorge and Andres to also move in to the house. 

Ochoa, who was not harmed in the attack, told authorities that her family was subjected to physical abuse and death threats from the nurse’s family. Foro TV reports that Ochoa was left alive in order to force her to sign over the deed to the house. 

In addition to the murders, the brothers were also robbed by the killers. Those arrested have so far been named by the prosecutor’s office as Blanca Hilda Abrego Barreto, 65, the woman’s nurse, her daughter, Sally Mechaella Arenas Abrego, and son-in-law, Azhuer Lara Garcia.

The trio lived in a downstairs apartment in the house, located at 115 Medellin Street. The residence was considered part of her salary. 

The attorney general’s office said that information taken from Azhuer showed that he was in contact with someone via text message, discussing how to tie someone up.  

Jorge Tirado was a musician and the manager of singer Augusto Bracho. The brothers were originally from Mazatlan, Sinaloa. 

The main suspects in the murder lived in a downstairs apartment in the house, located at 115 Medellin Street. The residence was considered part of Blanca's salary

The main suspects in the murder lived in a downstairs apartment in the house, located at 115 Medellin Street. The residence was considered part of Blanca’s salary

Roma Norte , an area made famous by the 2018 Oscar-winning movie Roma, is a hotspot for tourists from the US

Roma Norte , an area made famous by the 2018 Oscar-winning movie Roma, is a hotspot for tourists from the US

The older brother Jorge Tirado, 34, was a musician and the manager of singer Augusto Bracho. The brothers were originally from Mazatlan, Sinaloa

The older brother Jorge Tirado, 34, was a musician and the manager of singer Augusto Bracho. The brothers were originally from Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Andres was an aspiring actor and graduate of the Autonomous University of Mexico and had recently appeared in the musical Frozen Income by Sergio Mangana and the play King Kong Cabaret. 

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In his last publicly viewable Facebook page, Andres wrote: ‘Stop generalizing the problem of violence. No problem in the history of the world has been solved by generalizations nor will it be solved.’

He added: ‘The generalization of ‘it’s good people against bad people’ is like wanting to cure all cancer with paracetamol.’

Latin Grammy Award Best New Artist winner Silvana Estrada mourned the brothers  on Instagram. Local reports have described her as being “close” to Jorge Tirado. 

Estrada wrote: ‘I love  you, Jorge.’

She continued: ‘You were my brother, my friend, and my family. I’m honored to know that we built a friendship so strong that even now I still embrace your love. 

Estrada added: ‘I will honor the miracle of your life Jorge, the miracle of having been a part of it, the miracle that your brother also became my brother, and that this sick, miserable, and brutal world was bright and beautiful because of you. Nothing will ever be the same without you guys.’

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also expressed her dismay at the killings. Describing it as a ‘painful homicide’ on Twitter. Sheinbaum is a prospective candidate for Mexico’s presidency and with her campaign to be based on the capital’s low crime rate. 

He also appeared in the movies, Pena de Lobos and Besos Negors. A vigil for the brothers will be held in Roma Norte in the Sister Cities Park at 11 am on Christmas Day. 

The discovery of the bodies was made when another relative of the family went to the home after not hearing from Jorge and Andres. Blanca’s family refused him entry. After that, the relative made a complaint to the police who initiated an investigation.

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La Verdad reports that the suspects were watching TV and drinking coffee when police first knocked on their door. They originally claimed to know nothing about the missing family. 

The group was first considered to be witnesses to the disappearance of the family, authorities say that their stories quickly fell apart. 

Another person, named only as Rebeca, has also been arrested in relation to the crime and is accused of withdrawing money from the deceased person’s accounts. Authorities say that Rebeca was participating in a drug deal when she was arrested. 

In addition to the brother’s ATM cards, Rebeca was also found in possession of a pawn shop ticket for a laptop belonging to Andres. 

Blanca’s grandson, Randy, and another woman named Hilda, has also been arrested for a role in the crime.  

Among those mourning the brothers was the host of the Mexican version of Master Chef Celebrity, Betty Vazquez, who asked for prayers for the Tirado family adding: ‘One more family plunged in pain.’

While actor Eduardo Espana tweeted that he was in ‘shock’ and noted that Mexico is seeing ‘more and more cases.’ 

Despite the relatively low murder-rate in Mexico City, there are over 3,000 people who are considered missing in the Mexican capital. Nationwide, there are more than 100,000 people missing. 

Authorities in Mexico City say that the 2022 will see the lowest number of homicides in the city since 2007. 



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