MEXICO: KILLED OVER A JOKE?
Mexican teenager Juan Luis Lagunas Rosales, 17, became a Youtube sensation when he posted videos of himself downing whisky.
Over a million fans started following the chubby, baby-faced teen on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
He began making money from his videos. He’d film himself with beautiful women, post pictures mocking his own weight. Mexican rock stars asked him to be in their videos.
But, in one video he posted, he went too far. Sitting in a bar, surrounded by women and booze, he shouted insults about a man named Ruben Oseguera Cervantes, 51.
Cervantes, also known as El Mencho, was head of a deadly cartel. It was said he’d ‘execute your whole family based on not much more than a rumour’.
Weeks later, in December 2017, Juan was with friends in a bar when four men burst in.
An hour earlier, he’d posted a video on Instagram, revealing his location.
The men fired 15 bullets into the social-media star’s head.
Many say he’d signed his own death warrant when he’d mocked El Mencho.
Police investigated, but El Mencho is still one of the most wanted men in Mexico.