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43 Students Missing in Mexico: Second Bodily Remains Found

by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby

In September last year, a group of students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in Mexico, who planned to travel to a demonstration commemorating the Tlatelolco student massacre of 1968, were attacked.

The group were believed to be attacked by four men. According to a report by the Mexican Magazine El Proceso, the four men were named by Mexican authorities as drug cartel members, who were impoverished construction workers.

The four men attacked the group of students, killed three, injuring several and abducting the remaining 43 students. The incident had brought public outcry leaving the relatives of students questioning Mexican authorities on the case.

According to the Mexican government, the students were detained by the police in Inguala and Cocula, and given to a drug gang, who were than incinerated in a giant fire at a garbage dump.

While the missing students’ news raised public outcry demanding an investigation, a body of one of those missing student was identified in December. The identified student was Alexander Mora Venancio.

This has drawn more public accusation both by the missing student’s relatives and the public. While this continued, another body has been identified again. The remains were identified by forensic experts at the University of Innsbruck in Austria.

According to Attorney General, Arely Gomez, the remains belong to the missing student Jhosviani Guerrero de la Cruz, and were found in a bag in the river.

Families of the missing student are shocked by the news, as investigations will continue to confirm if the remains are indeed those of Guerrero de la Cruz.

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