The lifeless body of community leader Otto Valenzuela was found on October 8, 2018 by inhabitants of La Perla Amazónica, in Putumayo, Colombia.
The corpse of the social leader Otto Valenzuela was found with a bullet wound in the peasant reserve area of La Perla Amazónica in the department of Putumayo, in south eastern Colombia.
The Association of Sustainable Integral Development of La Perla Amazónica, ADISPA, denounced the murder of Valenzuela, who belonged to that organiasation.
The social leader was working at the community Minga ( a gathering for collective farm work) during the morning and later retired to his home, said Yaneth Silva, a member of ADISPA.
The residents of that farm said that they heard a shot, however, they did not alert the authorities because they did not imagine that it was an act of violence.
Silva said that when they informed the police of the facts, the response received was that they could not approach the place because it was very isolated, and they recommended that people “be very careful with the issue of collecting bullet casings.”
He denounced that the murder has generated fear in the communities and discouragement in the other social leaders who fear for their lives.