Story highlights What’s the latest on the investigation involving the kidnapping and murder of nine Mexican nationals — including three U.S. citizens?
Four people from the U.S. and three Mexican nationals have been detained in connection with the kidnapping and murder of 9 people, including three U.S. citizens.
There has been an outpouring of support from the public in response to this shocking tragedy.
Case details include the kidnapping of 9 Mexicans on Aug. 23, 2018, and the murder of 3 of the victims, on Sept. 4, 2018.
The news broke on Sept. 5, 2018, when a slew of emergency notifications made their way to various news stations across Mexico. The notifications led to the discovery of the bodies of two men and two women in Chihuahua, an eastern state in the state of Chihuahua.
The news follows a gruesome discovery on Aug. 23, 2018, in the city of Iguala, a municipality located in western Mexico. Nine people were found dead, including three U.S. citizens and 7 Mexican nationals.
“I am alarmed by this senseless act and seek for its immediate investigation and sentence. I am sending condolences to the families of the victims. The process of accepting condolences continues today,” Gov. Javier Duarte said on Twitter.
In addition to the ones killed, a 7-year-old girl was also abducted and severely tortured. She is still missing and is presumed dead.
In Chihuahua, the Ministry of Interior has received many requests for information about the case. The ministry has yet to answer directly, citing that the case is currently in the judicial process. “In the meantime, the governor has requested an independent forensic team to evaluate the fingerprints, photographs and investigations against people who were previously detained,” the ministry said in a statement.
This is not the first time that Mexican nationals have been blamed for such acts of violence. Most recently, 40 suspects were charged in the May 2017 kidnapping and murder of a group of 10 people in San Benito, another state of Chihuahua.
In the case of the recent victims, the victims have been identified as: Jose Armas Rodriguez, 23; Angela Carrasco Ramirez, 23; Martin Velarde Rodriguez, 26; Paco Rodriguez, 22; Jessica Godoy Lara, 22; Luz Maria Carrasco Ramirez, 21; Lorena Amaya, 21; Nava Claudia, 20; Alondra Perez Uribe, 21; and Adolfo Carrasco Rodriguez, 23.
Read on for more information on this shocking murder.
The victims were kidnapped by a group of “intruders,” according to Enrique Rubido, head of a Tijuana-based group that investigates human trafficking in Mexico.
Three U.S. citizens were among the victims, but the conditions of their deaths have not been released at this time.
How was the case discovered?
The discovery of the bodies came after an emergency notification was put into use in Chihuahua. This notification was publicized on social media, and there were also many questions to be answered by the authorities.
This prompted the Mexico attorney general to quickly and effectively respond to the crime.