A devastated father in Venezuela could barely contain his emotions when he described the grisly fate of his 25-year-old son: the young man was eaten by fellow inmates who beat him to death and dismembered his corpse.
According to Juan Carlos Herrera, he was forced to visit the Táchira Detention Center when he could no longer contact his son, Juan Carlos Herrera Jr., due to a month-long mutiny. He was distraught to learn that his son had allegedly suffered an agonizing death at the hands of Dorancel “people-eater” Vargas, who had been imprisoned since 1999 for cannibalism.
“One of those who were with him when he was murdered saw everything that happened,” he told Fox News. “My son and two others were taken by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed, and then Dorancel butchered them to feed all detainees.”
“The [inmate] with whom I spoke to told me that he was beaten with a hammer [in order] to force him to eat the remains of the two boys,” the heartbroken father continued.
“What hurts me most is that I cannot bury my son, I can’t give him a Christian burial. I beg you to give me at least one bone so we can bury him and relieve some of this pain.”
Prison mutinies are extremely common in the overcrowded prisons of Venezuela. The country has been gripped by a nightmarish economic crisis that has led to mass poverty, food shortages, and hyperinflation.