According to activists, she is one of eight people killed since 2021 while searching for missing persons in Mexico. "This should never have happened," said Paula Sandoval, a friend of Almeras who is also searching for a brother kidnapped in 2020. Almeras's brother Jose disappeared along with his girlfriend in 2018, when Tecate suffered an escalation of violence linked to drug trafficking. As part of their effort to find him, Almeras and her mother founded a group called "Union and Strength for Our Disappeared." "It's unfortunate that the authorities are looking for a scapegoat... to close the case as soon as possible," Sandoval said.