Killed For Dancing with The wrong Man

Plutarco An­to­nio Ruiz mur­dered his girl­friend for dancing with an­other man – and slayed her sis­ter, too…

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Sofia Trinidad Al­varado and her sis­ter Maria Jose were all dressed up for the party of Sofia’s boyfriend Plutarco An­to­nio Ruiz.

His birth­day party, be­ing thrown at a fancy spa re­sort in Santa Bar­bara, Hon­duras, was the talk of the town.

The two young women were among scores of guests who showed up in Novem­ber 2014.

Ruiz was known lo­cally as a wealthy drug dealer who could be dan­ger­ous – not some­one you’d risk of­fend­ing by turn­ing down an in­vi­ta­tion.

In fact, it’s said his fam­ily ran a pow­er­ful drugs mob – that his own fa­ther and brother were mur­dered by ri­val gangs.

De­spite all this, there was some­thing about Ruiz that Sofia was at­tracted to. But their re­la­tion­ship had to be kept se­cret from Ruiz’ fam­ily and friends, as he was mar­ried with young chil­dren, and was un­der pres­sure to keep up ap­pear­ances for his fam­ily.

When Sofia, 23, and Maria Jose, 19, ar­rived at the event, the mu­sic was play­ing and the drinks were flow­ing.

They quickly got into the party spirit and hit the

He was known lo­cally as a wealthy drug dealer

dance floor. But when Sofia, a pri­mary school teacher, danced with a male guest, it didn’t take long for Ruiz to see red.

The girls left the party shortly af­ter, get­ting into a car with­out a li­cence plate.

It turned out to be the last time they were seen alive…

Kid­napped?

Next day, the fam­ily re­ported the girls miss­ing, and a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched.

It gar­nered plenty of me­dia at­ten­tion – not least be­cause Maria Jose was a beauty queen, crowned Miss Hon­duras.

She was about to rep­re­sent her coun­try in the Miss World beauty pageant in Lon­don.

Days later, Ruiz and three friends were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of kid­nap­ping.

Po­lice set up bor­der pa­trols.

Teams of de­tec­tives worked to lo­cate the sis­ters, op­ti­mistic of a happy end­ing.

‘No­body has asked for a ran­som …there have been no bod­ies found,’ In­spec­tor Vi­cente

Reyes said. ‘Th­ese are strong signs that they are still alive.’

But Hon­duras has the worst mur­der rate in the world, and hope soon be­gan to fade.

Sure enough, six days af­ter the women van­ished, their bod­ies were found buried in a river­bank.

Sofia had been shot 12 times, Maria Jose 10 times.

Po­lice charged Ruiz with the mur­ders, claim­ing he’d ad­mit­ted his crime and even led them to the grave. But, once in jail, Ruiz in­sisted he was be­ing framed by de­tec­tives.

‘I’m a farmer, I spend my day look­ing af­ter my cows,’ he told Press. ‘…I will not de­clare my­self guilty… I’m also in mourn­ing for Sofia.’

How­ever, ear­lier this year, a jury found Ruiz guilty. One mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor in the crime was clearly jeal­ousy. His up­bring­ing in a vi­o­lent fam­ily is said to be an­other.

‘Ruiz is a dan­ger­ous narco traf­ficker and the whole town is fright­ened of him. Ev­ery­one knows what he is ca­pa­ble of,’ Prison Di­rec­tor Isi­dor Nunes said. ‘He in­her­ited a drugs em­pire and…is used to get­ting his own way.’

Jour­nal­ists have cited the Hon­duras cul­ture as hav­ing helped cre­ate a mon­ster.

Ac­cord­ing to the Hon­duras Cen­tre for Women’s Rights, ev­ery 16 hours a Hon­duras woman is killed, usu­ally by a man who is known to her.

At time of Press, Plutarco An­to­nio Ruiz, 34, is await­ing sen­tence, but could face at least 40 years be­hind bars.

Hon­duras has the worst mur­der rate in the world

The girls’ griev­ing mum Teresa

Stun­ning sis­ters Maria Jose and Sofia

Sis­ter Cory, af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing the bod­ies

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