While Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán is serving a life sentence for his criminal activity, his family continues to flourish. His 33-year-old daughter, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, got married on January 25 in a lavish wedding fit for royalty.
Alejandrina and her groom, Édgar Cázares got married at the Catedral Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Rosario in Culiacán, Mexico and reportedly shut down the streets for the affair. The entire event, from the cathedral to over-the-top wedding shows how much influence El Chapo still has in Culiacán and in Mexico.
According to news reports, Alejandrina’s new husband also has ties to the crime world. Édgar is the nephew of Blanca Margarita Cazares who has connections to Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada Garcia and Victor Emilio Cazares of the Sinaloa Cartel. In 2007, Blanca Margarita was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2007 for her “sophisticated money-laundering apparatus.”
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However, just because Alejandrina and her beau have strong cartel connections doesn’t mean this new union will be immersed in a life of crime, well not really. Alejandrina has been able to capitalize on her dad’s infamous drug reign. Last year, she launched El Chapo 701 — a fashion brand that is basically an homage to her dad’s legacy. We’re not sure what kind of longevity her fashion company has but it looks like the brand’s Instagram has been deactivated.
Alejandrina is one of El Chapo’s ten kids and her mother is El Chapo’s first wife. His more current wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, has also launched her own fashion company and is reportedly featured on VH1′s Cartel Crew.
The wedding itself looked like a scene out of Disney’s Frozen. Alejandrina wore a tiara, she walked down the aisle in a glamorous princess-style dress, had several high-profile bands perform, and the aftershow included fireworks.
Some people, however, were a bit angry that wedding organizers shut down the street for the wedding and closed off the church. One woman who didn’t want to reveal her name for obvious reasons told Reuters, “The church is for everyone. But the church shouldn’t give privileges to anyone. With money, you can close any building here. It’s unfair.”
Rodolfo Soriano-Nuñez, a sociologist who studies the Mexican catholic church, agreed and told the Guardian that the connection between the church and cartels have a long storied history.
“This has been one of many Achilles heel of the Mexican church – it’s a relationship with organized crime – in the last 30 years or so,” Soriano-Nuñez, said. “Locking down the cathedral and pretty much giving it away gives very bad optics and forces one to raise all sorts of questions regarding the decision-making process.”
That all may be true, but technically any wedding would have the church closed to the public. Perhaps not the street — but still — a church wouldn’t allow just anyone to walk in if they weren’t invited.