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article imageThousands march to honor rape and murder victim in Colombia

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By Katerina Nikolas     Jun 4, 2012 in World
Thousands of outraged Colombians marched through the streets of Bogota to protest the rape and murder of Rosa Elvira Cely in the National Park of Bogota on May 24.
Single mother Rosa Elvira Cely, 35, was raped and impaled during a brutal attack in the early hours of the morning. NTN 24 reported the victim managed to call the police, crying for help as she said : “I’m in the National park, they are raping me, they are raping me”.
Police found her bruised naked body, which had been impaled, at dawn. She had been stabbed in the back. Police commander Luis Hernandez said "She managed to say that, after a night of drinks, had ridden a bike with a friend, who suddenly hit her head with a helmet. Until there she had an idea of what had happened."
Paramedics rushed her to hospital where she suffered a cardiac arrest.
France 24 reported Cely died four days after being admitted to hospital. She suffered a severe infection from the impalement.
Protesters who marched in honor of Cely demanded tougher sentences for rapists. They had the support of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos who tweeted his support for the march, saying "All Colombians reject any form of violence against women."
The BBC reported that 44-year-old Javier Valasco was arrested on Friday, accused of torturing and killing Cely. A second suspect was arrested on Sunday.
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