José Méndez: The Youngest of the Fallen


José Méndez was the only minor who died during the 2014 protests in Venezuela.

José Méndez
José Méndez was run over during peaceful protests. The demonstrators detained the culprit. (Últimas Noticias)

At barely 17 years old, he was taking part in a demonstration held by a group of civilians on the night of February 17 in the town of Carúpano, Sucre state, in the eastern part of the country, and one of the most Chavista-stronghold states.

On that night, he was mowed down by a contractor of the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, who was driving a company-owned truck. Footage recorded by a bystander shows how, with cruelty, he ran over a group of demonstrators.

The killer was identified as Rodolfo Pazos González. He tried to escape, but a group of demonstrators blocking the street detained him.

On February 19, 2014, a judge subsequently ordered for Pazos González’s arrest.

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