A clown husband and wife were allegedly kidnapped and murdered by a gang in Guatemala after performing for fellow inmates.
Joselin Chacón Lobo, 29, known as the clown “Chispita”, and her husband Nelson Villatoro were found dead on Friday – almost two months after they disappeared.
According to reports, the pair, both working as clowns, were performing together at a prison in Escuintla on May 9 when they disappeared.
Joselin’s heartbroken mother, Victoria Lobo, spent 52 days searching for her daughter before authorities found the couple’s decomposing bodies at a Villa Nueva home last week.
They were buried in a grave and shoes and face paint were found at the scene.
Authorities say the couple – who are believed to have three children – are believed to have been abducted and strangled by gang members.
It is unclear if there have been any arrests for the dead.
Funeral for Joselin took place on Sunday in Amatitlán with moving pictures showing clowns carrying her coffin.
According to La Hora, Joselin’s mother said, “I want to tell those who have done this to my daughter and son-in-law that I forgive them in the name of Jesus – and I give them in the name of Jesus. Blessings to you.”
The funeral procession consisted of artists and other clowns, who wore colorful costumes and carried flowers and balloons of various shapes and colors.
The coffin of “Chispita” is covered with colored paper scribbled with messages from her loved ones.
At the end of the ceremony, everyone broke out into applause for Joselin.
They shouted: “Clap your hands louder, louder for Chispita!”
After the couple went missing, several excavations were carried out in different parts of Guatemala, but none were found.
On Friday, firefighters received a call reporting the possibility that there were still people where they found Joselin and her husband.
The Guatemalan Clowns and Comedians Association paid tribute to the couple, writing: “We mourn the loss of two loved ones and for the red-nosed society.
“We join in the pain of their loved ones, asking God to give them strength, solidarity and resignation during these hours of mourning.”