Julian Sevillano alias El Fatal, leader of the Los Fatales cartel was buried with many weapons in Ecuador. Relatives claim these weapons are needed to protect them in the afterlife. Photo/CEN
MOCACHE – A drug cartel boss in Ecuador known as “El Fatal” was buried with hundreds of pistols, shotguns and rifles in his coffin.
According to those closest to him, these weapons are needed to protect him in the afterlife.
Julian Sevillano (39), leader of the Los Fatales cartel, and his 20-year-old daughter were doing their routine car wash in Moroche last Wednesday when they were suddenly ambushed by armed men.
According to local media reports; La Nacion, both died in more than a dozen shootings allegedly fired by members of the rival Los Fateles gang.
However, Sevillano’s relatives refused to hand over his body to local police. They instead took him away for a huge funeral the next day complete with lots of weapons.
Images of his burial that have now gone viral show Sevillano in an open coffin as people rush to fill it with high-caliber weapons. “The weapons were buried with Sevillano so that he could fully defend himself in the afterlife,” wrote the newspaper El Universo, citing Sevillano’s closest relatives, as reported by the New York Post, Wednesday (20/9/2023).
Ecuador’s police and army forces have been on alert amid rumors of potential reprisals and violence following the killing of the drug cartel boss.
Local residents said rival group Los Fatales had been tracking Sevillano’s movements before his murder and knew he would be at the car wash that morning.
“It seems like they follow his moves, Julián always comes to wash the car in the morning, his enemies take advantage of that,” a Mocache resident who asked not to be named told El Universo.
Another local resident told the newspaper that the killers traveled by motorbike. But they walked to the car wash so as not to “arouse suspicion”.
Local authorities believe Sevillano may have been murdered to solve a crime he had previously committed, as the murdered man had a criminal record for murder.
He was arrested in 2005 for the murder of the Deputy Mayor of Mocache; Bolívar Cordero Candelariz (57), and his son; Yogar Cordero Molina (35), but was released only months later.