THE Director of the Nerja History Museum was found dead with her throat cut today.
The body of Ana Maria Marquez, 37, was found in Torrox. Though the circumstances surrounding her death are as yet unclear, allegations have been made that she may have been killed by her partner, who was arrested by Guardia Civil officers.
Neighbours are said to have heard yelling and a quarrel between a man and a woman at 10.50am.
Should it be determined that she was killed by her partner, she would be the second woman to fall victim to domestic violence in the province in less than one week.
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend last week in Ciudad Jardin (Malaga). The man was later arrested in Puerto de la Torre.
The untimely death of Ana Maria Marquez has sent a wave of outrage across Andalucia.
The Junta de Andalucia regional government strongly condemned her death in what may turn out to be a new case of domestic violence. As many as 33 women have died as victims of domestic violence in Spain so far this year.
Abused women are not alone, said the Department for Equality, Health and Social Policies of the Junta in a communiqué released after the tragic news was released. They encourage victims of domestic violence to dial the toll free number 900 200 999 where they can not only make complaints but also get information about services, programmes and shelters available for abused women.
It is crucial for women to lodge complaints, take precautions and to never cave in to pressure from their abusers, said the Department.
Torrox Council declared three days of mourning for Ana Maria Marquez. The Cordoba-born archaeologist had been the Director of the Nerja History Museum since November 2013.
Mayor Francisco Muñoz condemned her death and conveyed his heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. “We cannot stand idly by, especially when the victim of this social scourge was from our community,” said Muñoz in a communiqué.
There is to be a demonstration condemning Marquez’ death at 8pm today on Plaza de la Constitucion.