Leonardo Lisandro Guarcax, 32 years old, was kidnapped, tortured, and assassinated on August 25, 2010, en route to the school where he served as principal in Sololá, Guatemala. Lisandro was an artist and a Kaqchikel spiritual guide who was coordinator of Sotz’il Jay Cultural Center. The group promotes and investigates pre-Columbian Maya art through theater, music, and dance. Lisandro and his companions in Sotz’il are credited with energizing a new movement of Maya youth with pride in their culture and way of life through investigating and developing ancestral expressions of Maya art.
Centro Cutlural Sotz'il Jay with the artistic community, indigenous, social and rural organizations located in Guatemala and around the world unite to demand a full investigation and justice for the kidnap and assassination of Leonardo Lisandro Guarcax.