Tuesday, January 18, 2011

R.I.P. Canuto Yuaruz Cordero

Canuto Yuaruz Cordero

Earlier this month, Cheatam County churchgoer and farm worker Canuto Yuaruz Cordero was found beaten to death in Cheatam County, halfway between Nashville and Clarksville.

According to WSMV, Cordero was killed in his own bed on the farm where he worked. A Bible remained on the nightstand, but his wallet and pickup truck had been stolen.

WSMV interviewed the farmer who discovered Cordero's body, and he told the station that Cordero lived a model life, making the world a better place.

WSMV also interviewed Cordero's pastor and his wife, Fernando and Norma Patino, of the South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, where Cordero attended regularly (Fernando was interviewed in Spanish; wife Norma translated). It was Cordero's absences at church that led to the suspicion that something was wrong.

The photo above was found by investigators, according to WSMV, which reported that Cordero "regularly sent pictures back home to his son, daughter and wife" in Mexico, and that he was working here to pay for his childrens' college tuition.

According to a follow-up report by WSMV, law enforcement officials working the case have two leads in Nashville: Cordero's pickup truck was found abandoned here, and they also traced a call originating from Nashville on Cordero's cell phone - after his death.

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