Wilfredo Valero was not the only one. Many cases were reported, the list grew
every week and also the suspicions that some disappeared could be in the hands
of the Colombian guerrillas.
as proof of life. Alfonso Alejandro Briceño Piña was kidnapped on January 29,
was then 20 years old and was in the third semester of Tax Administration. He is
the eldest son of Rosa Gisela Piña. She has had to cope with widowhood in the
absence of Alfonso, her pillar.
told us to look for him by ourselves, to call the auto repair shop to declare,
but we have not heard anything," she recalled. Alfonso was taken from an auto
body shop very close to the Barinas Airport. Four men threatened him with a gun
in front of the owner of the repair shop. That afternoon, he coincided in the
business with an official from the Venezuelan Investigative and Criminal Police
Corps (CICPC), who was having his car repaired.
very fond of showing off his little "chimonera", where chimó is
prepared, a tobacco-based product, commonly used in the Andean and states and
the plains) did not seem to be a potential victim of kidnapping. "Maybe they
thought we had money," speculates