A little after midnight on Saturday night, 19-year-old Julio Vicente Cobos Sumba was stabbed to death in the Simón Bolívar Park in Gualaceo. Cobos Sumba died on the scene from a stab wound to the chest. A second individual, 24-year-old Marco Illiguin, was also stabbed and was rushed to the Moreno Vázquez hospital where he was stabilized in the emergency room. Because of the seriousness of his wound, he was later transferred to Vicente Corral Mosocoso hospital in Cuenca, where he remains in critical condition.
Police say that Cobos Sumba was drinking with a group of acquaintances when the incident occurred. A call to ECU 911 alerted authorities who sent an ambulance from the Gualeceo fire department; upon arrival at the scene paramedics confirmed that the victim had died from his wounds.
Agents of the National Directorate of Crimes against Life, Disappearances, Extortion and Kidnapping of Persons (Dinased), the Criminalistics Unit (UCM) from the Azuay Prosecutor’s Office closed the crime scene, collected evidence and interviewed witnesses. Based on initial results, police arrested one suspect early Sunday morning.
Rubén Cobos, brother of the murdered youth, said that Gualaceo ceased to be a quiet canton due to gangs and individuals engaged in the sale of drugs and robberies. He and his mother say that Cobos Sumba was attacked because he refused to give his cell phone to the suspect. However, police found $1,500 on the victim and are investigating where the money came from and if it played a role in the slaying.