Ecuador teen burned alive after vigilante trial
QUITO, Ecuador -- (AP) -- A 15-year-old boy, accused of robbing
beating his mother, was burned alive by a mob in the public square of a remote
village after a six-hour vigilante trial, authorities said Friday.
The mob execution occurred Wednesday night in the village of La
half-hour drive from the city of Cayambe, 31 miles northeast of the capital, Quito.
Police said the boy, William Iguamba, was grabbed in Cayambe's
by a crowd of about 50 people and brought to La Chimba, where he was chained
to a post in the central square.
There, about 600 Indians from four surrounding communities spent
deciding the boy's guilt, and ultimately burned him alive, police said.
His burnt corpse remained on display for 12 hours before a collection
among his executioners to pay for a coffin and burial.
Villagers justified the vigilante justice, telling police Iguamba
had had started
robbing when he was 11 years old. They claimed the boy had received three prior
warnings from village tribunals.
No arrests were made.
The boy's death was about the twelfth mob execution or beating
this year in
Ecuador, where villagers and urban slum dwellers criticize the legal system for
failing to catch and punish criminals.