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Residents beat man to death suspected of raping and murdering girl, 9

Man wanted for the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl is beaten to death by a mob of 500 angry residents in Argentina

  • Residents in San Miguel de Tucumán were filmed beating José Guaymas to death Wednesday 
  • Authorities were searching for the 25-year-old, who was wanted for the death of Abigail Riquel, whose body was found naked on a grass field Saturday
  • The nine-year-old girl told her parents she was going to visit a friend before disappearing
  • Guaymas allegedly raped Riquel before he killed her and abandoned her body 

A mob of angry residents beat a man to death before handing him over to the police, who were searching for him after he allegedly raped and murdered a nine-year-old girl in northern Argentina.

Video footage posted on social captured the shocking moment José Guaymas was being kicked while he was lying on the ground Wednesday evening in the San Miguel de Tucumán town of El Manantial.

Authorities had been looking for the 25-year-old who was accused of killing Abigail Riquel on Saturday. 

Tucumán Regional police chief Ricardo Fresneda told Los Primeros TV that as many as 500 people participated in beating Guaymas, who was naked and unconscious when officers arrived at the scene. Some of the residents reportedly tried setting Guaymas on fire while others attacked him with machetes.

Argentine newspaper Perfil reported that Riquel was given permission by her parents to visit another girl’s home for a playdate Saturday approximately at 9am, but never returned home. 

Abigail Riquel was reportedly raped and murdered Saturday in San Miguel de Tucumán. The nine-year-old girl was allowed to visit a neighborhood friend’s home for a playdate before she disappeared

José Guaymas (pictured) was being searched for by authorities in San Miguel de Tucumán for allegedly raping and murdering nine-year-old Abigail Riquel on Saturday. The 25-year-old was beaten to death Wednesday evening by an angry mob of some 500 people 

Residents in San Miguel de Tucumán surround the body of José Guaymas as several police officers look on

Witnesses told authorities that Riquel was last seen walking with Guaymas, who was holding her hands. 

The defenseless girl’s body was found naked on a vacant lot in the village of Villa Muñecas about 1,000 feet from her home. Riquel’s head was covered with dirt and her clothes were found scattered on the ground.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told Infobae that Riquel tried to escape from Guaymas as he attempted to choke her to death. He later hit her over the head with a pile of hardened soil. 

Investigators search a vacant lot in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, where the body of nine-year-old Abigail Riquel was found dead Saturday 

Abigail Riquel’s body was found at a vacant lot in the village of Villa Muñecas about 1,000 feet from her home in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina

Friends and family members attend the burial service for Abigail Riquel, a nine-year-old girl who was reportedly raped and murdered Saturday in the northern Argentina city of San Miguel de Tucumán

Guaymas was released from prison last Wednesday after serving a sentence for robbery and reportedly tried to hang himself at his home.  

A lawyer for Guaymas had contacted the prosecutor’s office Monday to arrange the suspect’s voluntary surrender and avoid Guaymas’ suicide.

‘He always threatened his mother and was always on drugs a lot,’ a neighbor told local news outlets in San Miguel de Tucumán. ‘I never trusted him because he spent his life on drugs. I was scared that something would happen to my three-year-old daughter.’

José Guaymas was released from prison last Wednesday after serving a sentence for robbery and reportedly tried to hang himself at his home Friday

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Rays beat Astros in Game 7, heading to World Series for second time in franchise history

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Randy Arozarena hit his seventh postseason home run to power the Tampa Bay Rays to their second World Series with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

Arozarena hit a two-run home run in the first inning off of Lance McCullers Jr., tying a rookie record for most home runs in a postseason. Tampa Bay was up two runs early and tacked on some insurance later in the game.


In the second inning, Mike Zunino hit a solo home run to put Tampa Bay up three runs. He would later contribute a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to score Ji-Man Choi.

Charlie Morton got the start for the Rays and was taken out in the sixth inning with the Astros threatening. Nick Anderson would relive Morton much to the chagrin of Rays fans who thought Morton deserved to be out there even with two Astros runners on base.

Morton lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowed two hits and struck out six in 66 pitches.


Anderson got the out after pitching two scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and a walk. He was also relieved with Astros runners threatening. Peter Fairbanks came in for Anderson and walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a two-run single to Carlos Correa.

Luckily for the Rays, Fairbanks would get out of the jam and end Houston’s late push.

The Rays are in the World Series for only their second time in the franchise’s history. Last time, Tampa Bay lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.

The team awaits the winner of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.


Game 1 of the World Series is Tuesday at the neutral site of Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

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