19-year old Roberto Pérez revs up his bike, sending up a prayer to the Virgin of Guadalupe with each throttle. He asks her to watch over him during the Death Ball. His father, 37-year old Roberto Pérez, prays just as fiercely, but has a more practical request: he hopes that the turnout is good enough for the show to start.
Roberto Pérez Jr. waves at the crowd before starting the show inside the Death Ball. Photo: Luis Soto/Comvite