A HUSBAND and woman who worked as clowns were allegedly abducted and murdered by a gang in Guatemala after performing for inmates.
Joselin Chacón Lobo, 29, known as the clown “Chispita”, and her husband Nelson Villatoro were found dead on Friday – nearly two months after they disappeared.
The couple, who both worked as clowns, had been performing together in an Escuintla prison on May 9 when they disappeared, according to reports.
Joselin’s heartbroken mother, Victoria Lobo, searched for her daughter for 52 days before authorities found the decomposing bodies of the couple at a house in Villa Nueva last week.
They were buried in a grave and shoes and face painting were found on the spot.
Authorities said the couple – who reportedly had three children – had allegedly been kidnapped and strangled by gang members.
It is not clear whether any arrests have been made in connection with the deaths.
Joselin’s funeral took place in Amatitlán on Sunday with moving images of fellow clowns carrying her coffin.
According to La Hora, Joselin’s mother said, “I want to tell the people who did this to my daughter and son-in-law that I forgive them in the name of Jesus – and I bless you in the name of Jesus.”
The funeral procession consisted of other performers and clowns, who wore colorful clothes and carried flowers, balloons of various shapes and colors.
“Chispita”‘s coffin was covered with colored paper on which messages from her loved ones were scribbled.
At the end of the ceremony, people burst into applause for the mother of three.
They shouted, “Loud applause, louder for Chispita!”
After the disappearance of the couple, several excavations were carried out in different parts of Guatemala, but they were not found.
On Friday, firefighters received a call to reports of possible human remains where they found Joselin and her husband.
The Association of Clowns and Comedians of Guatemala paid tribute to the couple, writing, “We mourn the loss of two loved ones and the Guild of the Red Nose.
“We join the pain of their relatives, God grant them strength, unity and resignation in these moments of mourning.”