By Maggie Ybarra
El Paso Times
In this photo from Oct. 20, Bravo Cadillac and Chevrolet owner Raymond Palacio greeted UTEP students Manuel Acosta Villalobos, left, and Eder Diaz Otero, second from left, as he entered a Business Administration room for a talk with students. Acosta, 25, and Diaz, 23, were shot and killed Tuesday in Juarez, UTEP officials said Wednesday. (Victor Calzada / El Paso Times)
The two university students who were gunned down in Juárez Tuesday were U.S. citizens who lived with their relatives in Juárez while they attended the University of Texas at El Paso.
Manuel Acosta Villalobos, 25, and Eder Andres Diaz, 23, where attacked about 8 p.m. in colonia Rincones de Santa Rita, Chihuahua state police said. Their assailants fired 36 rounds, shooting the students multiple times, according to a Chihuahua state police report.
Both men were undergraduate students at UTEP's College of Business Administration. Acosta was to graduate in the spring. Diaz had just transferred to UTEP from El Paso Community College.
Diaz was born in El Paso, according to El Paso county records.
Acosta had just become a U.S. citizen earlier this year, said Richard Adauto, UTEP's executive vice president.
The U.S. State Department had yet to verify their citizenship.
UTEP officials did not say Thursday whether they have been in contact with the families of either Diaz or Acosta. Also, they did not say whether they had been in contact with Mexican law enforcement agencies.
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2 more El Pasoans killed in Juárez
By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
Two more El Pasoans have been killed in Juárez, a spokesman for the Chihuahua state attorney general's office said today.
Edgar Lopez Ochoa, 35, was shot and killed Saturday evening on the patio of a home in the 5200 block of Cruz Meraz de Valles street in colonia Colorines, officials said. Two other men, Alejandro Enriquez Santana, 36, and Jorge Gomez Duran, 40, were also killed.
On Friday, Lorena Izaguirre Castañeda, 24, was fatally shot along with an unidentified man inside a tortilleria at Altamirano and Articulo 27 streets, officials said.
Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office, said Izaguirre and Lopez are U.S. citizens from El Paso.
The deaths are in addition to the two other U.S. citizens and El Pasoans killed Saturday.
Bowie High School student (Luis) Jose Carlos Araiza, 15, and Joanna Herrera, 27, of Oregon were fatally shot along with while traveling in a BMW near the Zaragoza international bridge Saturday, said an official at the U.S. Consulate in Juárez.
Araiza's brother Guillermo Araiza Hidalgo, 23, who authorities said is a Mexican citizen, was also slain.
4 maquila workers slain in attack on bus in Juarez valley
Gunmen opened fire on three company buses early Thursday, killing four maquiladora workers on the main highway between Juarez and El Porvenir.
Chihuahua state police were at the scene where three company buses were attacked, gathering evidence and interviewing residents this morning.
Gunmen killed a man and three women about 1 a.m. as they were traveling back from the industrial parks in Juarez to the Valley of Juarez. Officials this afternoon said four people were killed, not five as they originally reported.
State government identified two of the four maquiladora workers who were killed as Rosalía Ester Vázquez Holguín, 24, and Rosa Escajeda Galindo, 23. A 37-year-old woman and 30-year-old man have not been identified.
Fifteen other people, 12 women and three men, were injured. Only two people remain in the hospital, both women, in stable condition, state police said.
Those injured were Martina Hernández Alonso, 42; Jesusa Adriana Valles Luna, 20; Silvia Mónica Araiza Hernández, 27; Noemí Collazo Salazar, 21; Sonia Orozco Martínez, 21; Rosa Isela Rocha Torres, 24; Josue Tenorio Lucero, 35; María de Jesús Alanis Reyes, 31; Gregoria Vela Gámez, 38; Maria de la Luz Castañeda Aguilar, 38; Luis Antonio Barriga Rodríguez, 35; Maria Luisa Torres Carranza, 45; Jesús Erasmo Hernández Gurrola, 30; Angélica María Alanis Reyes, 28; and María Irene García Márquez, 35.
One of the buses was used as an ambulance to transport the victims to the Regional 66 del IMSS hospital in Juarez.
The buses were transporting men and women who had completed their shifts at the Eagle Ottawa Leather