Holmes Alberto Niscué, indigenous leader, was shot several times in the head by two men on Sunday, August 19, 2018.
He was part of the leadership of the autonomous indigenous community Awá de Gran Rosario and led various projects aimed at preventing child and youth recruitment from guerrilla and paramilitary groups in the region. As part of his commitment to the community, he was also studying to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
Holmes had been receiving threats, since he and other community leaders showed clear opposition to a group of FARC dissidents who were threatening to infiltrate the community. The threats were reported to the authorities, who proceeded to give Holmes a bulletproof vest and a cellphone as precautionary measures.
He was killed less than 200 meters away from the police station.