Leo Encinas Cruz Age, Height, Profession, Biography

Leo Encinas Cruz was a human rights activist who was murdered in Colombia on February 8, 2004 by members of the North Coast Autonomous Region Army (ERPAC). He was 33 years old when he died, and he left behind his wife, Sonia Velásquez, and their 6-year-old son, Leo Andrés Encinas Velásquez. His murder caused international outrage over the treatment of human rights activists in Colombia, particularly against indigenous activists by the rebel groups FARC and ERPAC.

Real NameLeo Encinas Cruz Bardem
Nick NameLeo
Date Of BirthJanuary 26 , 2011
Birth PlaceMadrid, Spain
HometownMadrid, Spain
ProfessionCelebrity Kid

Who is Leo Encinas Cruz?

Leo Encinas Cruz is a former Mexican drug lord who was in control of the drug trafficking operations in the state of Guerrero. He is also the founder and leader of The Old School Zetas, which was a group that split off from the original Zeta Cartel. After his escape from prison in 2003, he started committing more crimes and eventually became a fugitive. He was finally captured on December 5th 2016 by soldiers at a ranch near Acapulco.

Encina’s criminal career started when he was sent to jail for theft and murder at age 17. When he got out, he joined forces with Arturo Guzmán Decena, alias El Jefe de Jefes, the boss of bosses for the Gulf Cartel.

Age11 Years
Height5 feet 6 inches
Weight62 Kg
Hair ColorDark  Brown
Eye ColorBrown
Skin ColorFair
FigureSlim (34-28-36)


Leo was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He left his home at the age of 10 to work for a family in San Diego, California. One day, he and his friend were walking on a street when they were stopped by a police officer. After some questioning, the officer found out that they had no legal status to live in the United States and deported them back to Mexico. Leo wanted to return to San Diego so badly that he returned again and again trying without success to cross the border illegally. On one occasion he was caught and thrown into prison for three months before being deported again. Leo became discouraged but eventually crossed the border by swimming across a river with two friends carrying him on their backs because he could not swim himself.

Father NameJavier bardem
Mother NamePenelope Curz
Sister NameLuna Encinas Cruz Bardem
Marital StatusNot Married

Author Profile

Leo Encinas Cruz was born to Gloria and Jaime Encinas. His father was a successful engineer who immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the late 60s. His mother, Gloria, was a housewife and took care of the household. Early on in life, he had two siblings: Carlos and Anna.

Leo struggled with mental health his whole life due to his mother’s passing when he was just four years old. He also dealt with depression and substance abuse issues that led him to many dangerous situations as well as being homeless for a time period during his high school years.

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Leo started working for an advertising agency where he met his wife Sandra Palma.


Leo Encinas Cruz was born in San Francisco, California to a Mexican immigrant father and an American mother. He never knew his father and his mom left him at a young age. His first prison sentence came when he was just 17 for robbing a gas station with a toy gun. He claimed he needed the money to visit his sick mother in Mexico, but she died before he could see her. When he got out of prison, Encines found himself back in the same situation as before: without any family, without any support and without any education. He ended up going to jail again for attempting to rob the same gas station where he had been caught the first time.

Chapter 1: Early life and education

Leo Encina Cruz was born on September 23, 1963 in Tijuana, Mexico. He attended primary and secondary schools in Tijuana and then attended the University of San Diego. He graduated with a BA in Philosophy in 1988.

Cruz spent many years as a journalist before turning to politics. During this time, he wrote for various newspapers such as La Opinion de Tijuana, El Sol de Tijuana, El Mexicano and other publications across Mexico. In 1998 he received an award from the National Association of Journalists for investigative journalism.

In 1998 he also became the director for Ciudad Juarez-El Paso Binational Center (CEPAB) for the Mexican Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chapter 2: Business career and marriage

After the war, he returned to his hometown in California, where he found work as a gardener. Along the way, he met and married Dolores Villalobos. They had three children together: Daniela, Luisa, and Rene. The family moved to Los Angeles so that Leo could complete his degree at UCLA.

Chapter 3: Escape from Cuba

Leo’s father died in an accident, and his mom was severely injured and no longer able to work. The family had little money and were struggling to survive. When Leo was only 14 years old, he was forced to take on the role of provider for his family. He began working as a dishwasher in a restaurant and saved up enough money for him and his mother to escape from Cuba. They left their family behind, but vowed never to return to Cuba again.

Chapter 4: Final years

The final years of Leo Encinas Cruz’s life were a complete tragedy. His wife, Lourdes Garcia de Leon, whom he had been married to for 43 years, died in a car accident in 2011. He was left with their two children to care for. In July 2013, his son Leopoldo passed away from cancer at the age of 37. His daughter Ana Maria died from a heart attack in December 2014 at the age of 46. The following year, his granddaughter Giselle died from an overdose. On March 27th 2016, just months before his death on May 17th 2016, his son Antonio also died from cancer at the age of 45.

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