Hopes in Mexico that at least some of the bodies of 43 students missing from the town of Iguala had been found have been dashed after DNA tests proved negative.
So who are the 28 victims found in a mass grave in the southwest of the country? The students went missing on September 28 and suspicion has fallen on a police/gang plot. And there are more mass graves to test.
“We’ve identified more participants in the attack on the students, and captured 14 people who have confessed. They claim they received the students and later delivered them, halfway between Iguala and Cocula, to that town’s criminal gang, which calls itself ‘Guerreros Unidos’,” said the Federal Chief of Criminal Investigations Tomas Zeron.
Gang-related violence has killed over 100,000 people in Mexico since 2007, and people have had enough, especially in the southwestern Guerrero region where there are daily protests by the families of victims. Years of lawlessness here is proving difficult for President Enrique Pena Nieto, elected on a promise to end the carnage, to roll back.