Joan Jara, the wife of the Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara, murdered and tortured by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, died today in Santiago de Chile at 96 years of agethe family reported.
Joan, who since her husband’s mutilated body was found in September 1973, dedicated her life to the search for justice, died just two weeks before the United States extradite a Chile to the retired lieutenant of the Chilean Army Pedro Barrientos, convicted in the North American country as material author of the crime and torture of the singerr, and the director of prisons of the government of Salvador Allende, Littré Quiroga.
“We regret to inform that our dear and beloved Joan Jara, at the age of 96, died today, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.,” confirmed, for its part, the Víctor Jara Foundation, in a brief message.
Sources close to the family told Efe that the funeral will be held starting this Monday, but that “the event is still being put together” that has filled all of his loved ones with joy. sadness at a time when a ray of happiness appeared with the long-awaited extradition of Barrientos, for which Joan worked all her life.
Born in 1927 in London, Joan Alison Turner de Jara, better known as Joan Jara, was first a dancer and then a woman in love with one of the most famous singers in South America.