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Bodies of 72 Migrants Discovered Near US BorderTim King Salem-News.com
The crime is connected to the Zetas drug cartel; it is the worst in Mexico's history.
(MEXICO CITY / SALEM) - Texas has the reputation as the place where 'Everything's Big", but when it comes to mass murders and piles of dead bodies, the XXL award certainly belongs to the nearby Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where the bodies of 72 people were discovered this week.
'White drugs', particularly methamphetamine, can quickly alter a personality and the need to maintain a supply leads people to do terrible things.
That is likely part of the puzzle in a grisly discovery of 58 male corpses and 14 female bodies, described as Central and South Americans, who were killed by Mexican drug cartel members, the Zeta gang, according to reports.
Gang members there use the stuff in some cases like it is going out of style.
Officials also point to this incident as one of the most tragic and vivid reminder of the perils faced by migrants trying to make their way to the US.
An Ecuadorean national named Lala Pomavilla, managed to escape the attackers and found his way to a highway checkpoint. He alerted Marines there, who ended up responding to the area and losing one of their own in the ensuing firefight.
This man, an illegal migrant, explained to authorities that he and the others had been kidnapped by the armed cartel members and transported to the ranch in San Fernando, Mexico, located about one hundred miles south of Brownsville, Texas.
Authorities in Mexico say they can't be sure exactly why the cartel chose to murder the group. It is known that drug cartels make a habit out of kidnapping these unfortunate people trying to make their way northward, demanding payments for crossing the cartel land. The AP reports that the gangs will sometimes kidnap migrants and demand ransom from their relatives already located in the US.
In the past Mexican authorities have discovered several dozen bodies at at single location, but they are sometimes body dumping areas where the victims died at different times but ended up in the same place. It is not clear if all of these 72 victims died in a close time proximity; the investigation is continuing.
The bodies were discovered Tuesday when Marines manning a checkpoint were approached by a wounded man who said he had been attacked by gang gunmen at a nearby ranch. Officials said he identified himself an illegal migrant and said that he and other migrants had been kidnapped by an armed group and taken to the ranch in San Fernando, a town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Brownsville, Texas.
It was unclear if all 72 were killed at the same time — or why. A federal official who asked to not be identified, tole The AP that the victims were killed within recent days, according to investigators on the scene.
The Mexican Navy sent aircraft to the reported location to verify the man's information and when the gunmen saw the marines, they opened fire and then fled in a convoy of vehicles. 21 assault rifles were seized, along with shotguns and rifles.
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