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Murdered by a cell phone at the age of 18: the dream of being an architect and the last message from his mother


Lautaro Romero was stabbed five blocks from his home, in General Rodríguez, when he was returning from night school. This Monday there will be a protest.

Lautaro walked to the General Rodríguez station and waited for any bus that would leave him on Route 7 to walk back to his house in Villa Vengochea.

There is no other option because at 9:30 p.m. they no longer enter his neighborhood.

The boy, who had turned 18 on December 25, was leaving the school where he was in his last year of high school and was reporting to his mother to keep her calm.


Are you going to work tomorrow? That's how I'll leave your food ready for you

," he asked as he waited for him with dinner ready.

Lautaro Romero had turned 18 on December 25,

Lautaro Romero, the youngest of six siblings, came to say yes but he no longer saw the photo with the menu that his mother had prepared for him.

It was at the corner of Caseros and Estrada streets that, according to what was recorded on a private security camera, a man approached the teenager to rob him.

He didn't want the backpack or the wallet: he wanted his cell phone.

The victim tried to run away, went backwards and began to zigzag.

The thief was not reaching him and, in what appears to be a struggle from behind,

he stabbed him three times

that ended up killing him.

"A neighbor called me who saw a boy lying on the street and who she thought was my brother. He fell at the door of a neighbor's house who helped him. That's when I began to call my mom and dad desperately to to run. Within minutes I was able to communicate with my father, who was already with him going to the hospital in a patrol car," Antonella Romero (23), one of the teenager's sisters, told


The boy was transferred to the Vicente López y Planes Hospital, but died despite attempts to revive him.

Lautaro repeated a year of high school during the pandemic, he never adapted to the virtual modality during the period of confinement and that is why he had decided to finish his studies at a night school.

During the day he worked doing maintenance at a neighbor's house and at night he went to school.

He also liked to play soccer and this Friday, hours after he was murdered, he had a game that he had been organizing for weeks.

"He had recently

decided to study Architecture

. He had a girlfriend and they had a lot of projects. He wanted to raise money to build his house, go live with her. A lot of things that he will no longer be able to do," lamented his sister , who described him as "respectful, friendly, responsible and affectionate".

"He would help anyone, if he didn't even let his friends stay late so they wouldn't be alone down the street," he recalled.

The boy used to do this route on foot because the bus on line 501, route 18, of the La Perlita company, does not enter or leave his neighborhood after 9:30 p.m.

For this reason, the boys who attend night school accompany each other on the road.


Last year we shared the same room in the evening. The teachers always said that we should be careful when we came home and that if we could, we would accompany each other. You accompanied me once to my house when I was pregnant, you helped me look for the merchandise. It makes me sad that a cell phone has taken your life in a second

, "posted a former schoolmate.

And he denounced: "

Put more security at night, accompany the students to the bus stop, avoid these things. The buses have to spend the whole night... if you had only taken the 18 last night you would be at home with your family I want you to rest in peace, partner. You were one of the best


a detainee

The investigation was left in the hands of the Moreno-General Rodríguez Prosecutor's Office 10, Gabriela Urrutia, who ordered the arrest of a suspect.

This is Aaron Taborda (29), accused of "

homicide criminis causae



used to work with Lautaro's older brother

in a waste collection company.

He lives just 12 blocks from the young man's house and the place where he committed the crime.

One of the speculations is that he killed him after recognizing him during the robbery.

The suspect arrested.

Police from the Departmental Investigations Delegation (DDI) carried out a search in Maestro Argentino and Salta and captured him.

According to


, after leaving the house handcuffed, some neighbors yelled at him: "

I hope you rot in jail

" and "

Justice for Lautaro


This Monday, at 10, family and friends of Lautaro called a demonstration at the door of the General Rodríguez municipality to ask for more security in the neighborhood and justice for Lautaro.


My parents are devastated

. They will never be fine again, we already know, but we are going to do everything possible so that this person never comes out again," Antonella closed.


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Source: clarin

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