published Friday, March 4th, 2011

Family of slain Mexican activist seeks U.S. asylum

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    Marisela Reyes, sister of slain human-rights activist Josefina Reyes Salazar holds a banner during a protest in Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 21, 2010. Marisela, who claims to be on the eleventh day of her hunger strike, is in Mexico City to demand justice over the murder of her sister last year and the recent disappearance of three relatives, two brothers and a sister-in-law kidnapped last February 7 southeast of the border city of Ciudad Juarez. Josefina Reyes Salazar had led protests against alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers in the Juarez valley on Mexico's northern border. Banner she is holding says: "Lead in the motherland" (AP Photo/Miguel Tovar)

MEXICO CITY — Relatives of a slain Mexican activist say they will seek asylum in the United States.

Marisela Reyes tells MVS Radio the family wants to leave after a nephew received a death threat — one of many targeting the family.

Reyes is the sister of Josefina Reyes, who led protests against alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers in the Juarez Valley, across from El Paso, Texas. She was killed about a year ago.

In August, unknown assailants killed Josefina Reyes' brother Ruben. In February, her mother's home was set on fire while she was protesting the crimes against her family.

And in late February, Josefina Reyes' sister, brother and sister-in-law were found dead in the desert.

Reyes was interviewed by the radio station Friday. The U.S. Embassy in Mexico declined to comment.

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