Saturday, November 1, 2014

México: DNA Analysis Reveals Three US Citizens Shot, Killed Near Texas Border

According to The Associated Press, DNA testing confirmed that three US citizens were among the four bodies found shot to death near the Texas border more than two weeks after they went missing on a visit to México, prosecutors announced.

Earlier Friday (October 31), Tamaulipas officials said they were investigating a possible police connection to the deaths near the border city of Matamoros. The family of the Americans has said witnesses reported they were taken away from a restaurant by armed men who identified themselves as part of the "Hercules" tactical security unit in Matamoros.

A statement issued late Friday by the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office did not mention the fourth body, which is believed to be the Mexican boyfriend of one of the slain Americans who disappeared with them.

The Mexican father of the three Americans, Pedro Alvarado, had previously identified his children from photos of the bodies. 

Prosecutors' statement said DNA tests permitted them to officially confirm the deaths of Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, and her brothers, Alex, 22, and José Angel, 21, all of Progreso, TX. They disappeared on October 13, along with José Guadalupe Castaneda Benitez, Erica Alvarado's 32-year-old boyfriend.

Each of the four dead had been shot in the head; the bodies were severely burned, most likely from lying in the hot sun for so long, Tamaulipas state Attorney General Ismael Quintanilla Acosta said Friday.
COMMENT: I continue to be amazed that in light of unbridled violence in half of México's 32 states, that the US Department of State continues to give Mexican President Enrique Pe ña Nieto a continued politically correct "pass" on the reality that México for decades has failed to curtail widespread violence that impacts on Mexicans and foreigners alike. 

Please see the below link reflecting that 20,000 Mexican citizens have disappeared since 2006:

http://stayingsafeabroad.blogspot.com/2014/11/if-you-read-nothing-else-today-read-this

The Tamaulipas AG's office in addition to questioning nine of the 40 officers in the Hercules unit, investigators were interviewing the unit's director, City Clerk Joe Mariano Vega, and city public safety director Juan Sánchez.

Matamoros officials have made no comments about the case.

México already was also struggling with two other incidences of alleged abuse and killings by security forces.

The country is in a furor over the disappearance of 43 teachers college students in the southern state of Guerrero after a confrontation with police in the city of Iguala in late September. 

Prosecutors blame the disappearance on Iguala's mayor and police working with a drug cartel. Fifty-six people are under arrest, including dozens of cops. 

In June, a patrol of soldiers killed 22 suspected gang members in estado de México, then altered the scene and intimidated witnesses in an effort to cover up the fact that most of the dead were executed after they surrendered, the National Commission on Human Rights charged last week. Three soldiers face homicide charges.

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