Drug cartel assassins who killed three movie college students and dissolved them in acid did the identical factor to no less than 9 different victims, police in Mexico have revealed.
Investigators discovered DNA from 12 folks at a location the place one of many killers confessed to dissolving our bodies in sulphuric acid, mentioned Inside Secretary Alfonso Navarrete.
The minister didn’t say if any of the DNA matched the profiles of the three college students who have been kidnapped on March 19 on the outskirts of the western metropolis of Guadalajara.
The murders of Daniel Diaz and Marco Avalo, each 20, and Javier Salomon Aceves, 25, horrified Mexico and drew tributes from worldwide movie administrators.
The victims have been engaged on a movie undertaking at a home that was being watched by members of the Jalisco New Era cartel.
Prosecutors mentioned: “With out figuring out it, the scholars have been in a really harmful place which was being watched by hitmen.”
The gangsters mistook the scholars for members of a rival mob, Nueva Plaza, and posed as cops to drag over their automotive after they left, police mentioned.
They have been interrogated and one was overwhelmed to loss of life earlier than the opposite two have been additionally killed, one of many three arrested suspects instructed cops.
Christian Omar Palma Gutierrez, 24, reportedly confessed to working as a “prepare dinner” for the New Era, Mexico’s fastest-growing and most violent gang. Gutierrez can also be a rapper who has half one million views on his YouTube channel the place he posts songs describing an anguished, violent life of medication and crime.
Gutierrez mentioned he was paid $155 per week to dump our bodies head-first into acid baths arrange in water tanks within the yard of a cartel protected home.
He would come again after two days when the acid had executed its work and open drain valves to flush the contents into the storm drain, and dump any remaining sludge in fields.
Nevertheless, some fatty residue remained within the backside of the tanks – permitting investigators to detect traces of human DNA.
Investigators additionally discovered jugs and tubs of sulphuric acid.
Human rights chief Luis Gonzalez Perez mentioned: “The results of crime and violence towards any particular person is dangerous sufficient, however it’s worse when it’s a case of younger individuals who have a future.”
Condolences for the victims’ households additionally got here in from the nation’s movie institute and candidates within the July 1 presidential elections.
Oscar-winning Mexican director Guillermo del Toro mentioned: “Phrases can’t describe the dimension of this insanity.”
“Three college students are killed and dissolved in acid. The ‘why’ is unthinkable, the ‘how’ is terrifying.”
Final month Mexico’s escalating drug violence noticed 14 murders in 36 hours in vacation hotspot Cancun.
And in Marchm vacationers in Acapulco needed to drive previous dismembered cartel victims strewn within the roads.