What They're Saying: Rafael Gonzalez Martinez

“She was always somebody who wanted to help those who had less. She was always attentive, always supportive — with lunch, uniforms, cleats, balls. She was very passionate for her sport.”

-- Rafael Gonzalez Martinez, the sports editor at Tijuana's Zeta, on Marbella Ibarra, who championed women’s soccer in Mexico and pushed for the launch of the popular Liga MX Femenil. Ibarra's body was found last week in Rosario with her hands and feet tied and face and neck brutally beaten, a month after she went missing from her Tijuana home. (New York Times)
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Rafael Gonzalez Martinez".
  1. Kent James, October 22, 2018 at 9:39 p.m.

    Was this random violence, or was she targeted?  Very sad story, regardless....

  2. Wooden Ships, October 24, 2018 at 10:13 a.m.

    True Kent, very sad. One of the biggest reasons I love futbal/soccer, is the family, the international family. Not pointing fingers, but was our (the US) soccer family even aware of her disappearance? This is an example perhaps, of not paying attention or worse, not believing that it’s worthy of our soccer media attention. Why? Could an all out media blitz prevented this? 

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