No progress reported in former Nevada County resident’s murder investigation |

No progress reported in former Nevada County resident’s murder investigation

Police in Teocelo, Mexico, haven’t identified any suspects in the ongoing investigation of a former Nevada County resident’s murder, reports state.

58-year-old Gordon Strom, a former Nevada County resident, was found tied up inside his Teocelo home on May 4. His body was beaten and he had bullet wounds, reports state.

Strom’s wife, Yvette, believes the murder was politically charged, noting that her late husband was well-known in the Teocelo community for his work as an activist.

“To Americans, this sounds far-fetched, but if you do research, you’ll see that mayors, activists and journalists are killed weekly here. People that speak the truth are killed,” she said.

Strom’s murder was one of 216 reported so far in 2017 in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, according to a report in the Mexico News Daily. Twenty people, including the head of the Federal Police in the state, were killed on one day in late June, the report states.

Strom was particularly involved with community projects in Teocelo, often sidestepping the local government to take action, according to Yvette.

Strom organized a renegade road repair project in Teocelo, helped the local residents build water filters after a natural disaster shut off their municipal supply, and gathered artists to create a mural in the town’s center depicting hopes and dreams for the future of Teocelo, Yvette said.

She said Strom’s credit card was stolen when he was murdered, but nothing else was taken from the couple’s shared home.

“Nothing would make it okay for this to have happened, but it would make it understandable if they had cleaned us out,” she said, adding that she had been on vacation in the U.S. at the time of Strom’s death.

Some Teocelo residents have joined Yvette in multiple marches through the town’s streets, demanding justice after Strom’s murder, she said.

Strom was a former resident at Ananda Village in Nevada County. He had been a handyman who operated his own business, Handyman with a Heart, before he retired and moved to Teocelo with Yvette in 2012.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Pera, email or call 530-477-4231.

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