Family of Slain Chilean Singer Victor Jara Seeks Justice in U.S.

The family of Victor Jara, the famous Chilean folk singer who was among the first victims of the country’s military coup in 1973, has filed a lawsuit in Florida against the former army officer it alleges killed him. The killing happened 40 years ago, and it wasn’t until last year that a Chilean judge charged eight former army officers with the singer-songwriter’s death. One of those indicted, Pedro Barrientos, has lived in Florida since the early 1990s. That is where Jara’s family filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Jacksonville.