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.
“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.”