The death of rapper Roberth Steven Barra, locally known as “Garra,” was announced by “Jeihhco,” leader of the “La Elite” hip hop movement whose fellow-leader “El Duke” was assassinated two weeks ago.
— Jeihhco (@Jeihhco) November 10, 2012
Medellin Mayor Anibal Gaviria on Saturday condemned the killing of the 17-year-old rapper from the troubled Comuna 13 on his own Twitter account.
El respeto a la vida tiene que ser el gran propósito de toda la sociedad. Rechazo total al asesinato del joven Roberth Barrera.
— Aníbal Gaviria C. (@anibalgaviria) November 10, 2012
Gaviria is facing increasing criticism over his response to a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the city that has led to the killing of five policemen over the past month, the detention by a gang of a government official in the Comuna 13 on Friday and reports of combat between gangs in four of the city’s 16 districts.
@anibalgaviria y que estas haciendo por la ciudad en temas de seguridad?No en cifras, en actos, nos resignamos a vivir asi o nos vamos?
— Juan Mesa (@juanchilas123) November 10, 2012
Colombia’s Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, who was visiting the city on the day of the rapper’s assassination, announced the national government would send a 1000 extra policemen to improve security in the city.