“She wants to kill me.”
A woman continued fighting with her boyfriend on Sunday even as he lay bleeding in the street from a knife wound that she allegedly inflicted.
In a cellphone video filmed by a bystander in Iguala, Mexico, the man held a deep gash in his stomach, through which his intestines were visible. His girlfriend repeatedly hugged and kissed him, at one point pleading for forgiveness.
“Forgive me my love, please don’t die!” she yelled.
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But Sonia Amayrani Nunez Aguila, 22, also blamed Erick Omar Diaz, 29, to onlookers.
“He hit me. He tried to kill me,” she said.
Then, turning to Diaz, she demanded that he stop complaining that she had stabbed him, saying: “Tell them the truth.”
In between pleas for help from his girlfriend’s arms, Diaz warned that she was lying and murderous.
“She wants to kill me,” he said.
“I am not going to kill you because I love you,” Aguila responded. “I’d never do that to you, but you have no idea what you did to me, OK.”
“God is really a witness,” Diaz moaned.
The full clip, which went viral on Facebook before being removed and is still online elsewhere, showed how deep and gaping Diaz’s wound was.
According to local media, the couple had gotten into a fight in their motel room in the southwestern Mexican city, and then stumbled into the street, attracting a crowd.
A police officer reported to the scene, but said he didn’t have enough gas to take Diaz to the hospital. So the man waited for more than an hour for an ambulance to arrive. After pushing aside Aguila, medics treated Diaz and took him to the hospital.
Diaz underwent surgery and is in stable condition. Augilar was arrested pending charges.
Women are the primary targets of domestic violence worldwide, and Mexico has one of the world’s highest rates of femicide, the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender, according to the United Nations.
But a large number of men face domestic violence, too, and their experiences are often dismissed. One in seven American men has endured “severe” domestic violence, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
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- Sonia Amayrani Nunez Aguila holds her boyfriend, Erick Omar Diaz, on the street in Iguala, Mexico, on March 10, 2019.: Screen grab from YouTube