Tuesday, October 07, 2014

43 Missing Students, a Mass Grave and a Suspect: Mexico’s Police

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, NYT, OCT. 6, 2014

IGUALA, Mexico — They were farm boys who did well in school and took one of the few options available beyond the backbreaking work in the corn and bean fields of southern Mexico: enrolling in a local teachers college with a history of radicalism but the promise of a stable classroom job.

Leonel Castro, 19, the oldest of seven siblings, vowed to use his salary to help his impoverished family. Júlio César, 19, thought he could run a school one day and ensure the best for the next generation. Adán Abraham de la Cruz, 23, wanted to put his computer skills to good use in the classroom.

“He was just preparing himself to get ahead like any young person would do,” said Mr. de la Cruz’s father, Bernabé.

The state prosecutor investigating why the police opened fire on students from their vehicles has found mass graves in Iguala — the small industrial city where the confrontations occurred — containing 28 badly burned and dismembered bodies.

(More here.)

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