Chakra Announcements

A family of Peruvian devotees living in Lima has suffered a terrible loss. Subhadra Martinez-Vargas Espada, 26, was killed Sunday, July 15 in a house on Calle Cangallo in Barrios Altos. She was beaten to death, allegedly by Roger García Rivas, 39, himself a lapsed devotee with whom she had lived for the last two years. According to charges against him, he had beaten Subhadra prabhu with sticks, then kicked and punched her repeatedly, until she died from internal bleeding caused by the many blows to her body.

Subhadra dasi was the daughter of Srila Prabhupada disciple Abhimanyu Suta das and his wife Sudhamrita Devi dasi, who is a disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Swami.

Prior to the day of the killing, Subhadra's parents had charged that García Rivas had forcibly kidnapped Subhadra prabhu and held her in a house in Lurigancho-Chosica. They had gone to the police at the time of the kidnapping to try to have her returned to their home, but had been unsuccessful.

The parents had also several times complained to police at the San Andrés station over incidents of domestic abuse committed against their daughter, but according to the mother, Sudhamrita Devi (Susana Espada), the police had "done nothing" to help free Subhadra from her alleged abuser.

Subhadra's family is devastated and in need of prayers, compassion and the mercy of the Vaishnavas. The family have struggled with financial problems for many years, and Subhadra's untimely death has aggravated their pain and struggle.

We are requesting devotees' prayers on Subhadra's behalf and for her family. We are also requesting donations to be sent to the family to alleviate their financial pressure. Donations may be sent in care of the Lima, Peru temple:

Subhadra Dasi Memorial Fund,
c/o ISKCON Lima
Pasaje Solea 101 Sta. Maria-Chosica,
Lima, Peru.

A YouTube news video (in Spanish) has been posted about the arrest of her alleged killer: América Noticias - 16.07.12 - Hombre mató a su conviviente.

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