43 Mexican students abducted, possibly massacred

by JESSICA MARQUEZ

On September 26,  while traveling to Iguala, Mexico, forty-three students went missing. Most of them were studying to become teachers in a college in the countryside of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. The students were traveling to Iguala to protest at one of the mayor’s events which would feature a speech given by his wife. Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, were informed of the students’ plan and ordered their abduction from Iguala police chief, Felipe Flores Velasquez.

Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca and wife,  Maria de los Angeles Pineda.  Courtesy: bbc.com
Iguala mayor Jose Luis Abarca and wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda.
Courtesy: bbc.com

“Concerned that the students would disrupt a speech his politically ambitious wife was giving in the town’s central plaza, Mr. Abarca ordered the police to “teach them a lesson,” Mexican news media reports said, citing documents in the investigation.”

Almost two months later, three suspects of the drug gang, Guerreros Unidos have confessed to the torture and murder of the 43 students: Patricio Reyes Landa, or “El Pato,” Jhonatan Osorio also known as “El Jona” and Agustín García Reyes or “El Chereje.”

At a press conference held on Friday, Attorney General Jesús Murillo gave more details surrounding the abduction and murder of the students.

Courtesy: ibtimes.co.uk
Courtesy: ibtimes.co.uk

One of the suspects said there were about 43 to 44 students on the buses and they were asked to identify themselves before they were taken. Another suspect explained that 15 of the students died on their way to the landfill in Cocula due to asphyxiation. The students who arrived at the landfill alive were executed. The bodies were then burnt with diesel and gasoline and according to one suspect, the corpse-filled fire burned for about six hours.

Murillo reported at the press conference that there are “many indications” that the bodies found were those of the students but that the remains left and recovered by investigators were so scorched they could not be identified.

The exhaustion from the investigation had clearly taken a toll on the Attorney General, who after a certain point, refused to answer any more reporter questions, saying “Enough. I’m tired.” That Spanish translation of the phrase has become a trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #YaMeCansé.

Courtesy: twitter.com

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said he will apprehend everyone involved in the disappearance of the 43 students. However, Murillo said the remains of teeth and bones are burnt so badly that it will be quite hard to identify the victims and thus, harder to connect anyone to the crime.

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