Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

2 College students murdered in Mexican border city

Tuesday, December 28, 2010 |

Fox news Latino

Ciudad Juarez – Two college students were fatally shot and set on fire in this violent Mexican border city, authorities said Tuesday.

The victims were identified as two males, ages 18 and 19, who attended the Autonomous University of Chihuahua, a public institution in the likenamed state.

Their charred bodies were found Monday inside a pickup truck belonging to one of them.

The students were chased down by armed men who shot them, doused their bodies with gasoline and set them ablaze inside the truck, Juarez police said.

The mother of one victim told reporters her son was not involved in any criminal activity and that she had no idea why he would have been targeted.

Her husband said it would be pointless to demand justice for his son, "because here there is no justice."

The vast majority of the thousands of gangland killings that take place every year in Juarez and the surrounding state of Chihuahua go unpunished.

"My son's murder is not the first, it has happened to many young people and there is never justice," added the victim's father, who, like his wife, spoke to the press on condition of anonymity.

Police found 33 shell casings at the crime scene, along with a plastic bottle containing gasoline.

Ciudad Juarez, which sits just across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico's murder capital, with more than 3,100 homicides this year and upwards of 8,000 since the beginning of 2008.

Authorities blame the violence on turf battles among drug cartels, but the volume of killings has exploded since December 2006, when newly inaugurated President Felipe Calderon militarized the struggle with organized crime.

The drug war has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Mexico over the past four years, including nearly 12,500 in 2010.

The government's oft-repeated assurances that most of the dead are gunmen or others linked to the cartels offend the families of victims who had no ties to organized crime.

Under pressure from the public, authorities have launched probes of allegations that soldiers planted weapons on bodies to make it appear that fatalities occurred during gunbattles.

The elite of Mexico's main industrial hub, Monterrey, were incensed after an incident in March that saw two graduate students at prestigious Monterrey Tech killed by soldiers during a pursuit of suspected cartel gunmen.

Before positively identifying the dead, the military described the students as criminals.

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8 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

What did these kids do or have to deserve such abuse? One thing is to kill over a turf war, but if this was a case of mistaken identity or perhaps out of jealousy or envy knowing these kids were trying to make a future for themeselves by attending school, then that's just pure f###'n evil. Do these sickos really believe they're going to be able to fuck with people like this forever? All things come to an end and when that happens there will be a lot of bodies swaying in the wind, I guarantee it. The good, honest people will not permit this to go on for far too long.

Anonymous said...

What are they going to do to stop it if they can't defend themselves? How can they stop it? The bad guys have a lot of big guns and ammo.

Anonymous said...

Sad but seriously......what the fuck were they doing in Ciudad Juarez???? I mean its common knowledge in America and Mexico that its a very dangerous place so wandering around it is probably not the best idea even if you are nothing to do with the cartels. If you look like you might have a few dollars in your wallet The cartels don't give a shit.

There are some places in the world you just keep away from and right now I think Ciudad Juarez is one of them.

Anonymous said...

Tough to say but they could have been caught up in some criminal activity or been there trying to do something or owed or who knows what. But yeah, Juarez is for sure one of the least spots you want to be wandering around. Hell Mexicans who don't live there don't even want to go thru the city even when traveling. It's just that bad right now there. Most people you talk to there say most who get killed are involved some way in the criminal activity. The innocent ones are the ones that get caught in the crossfire at the wrong place and time. But be there at your own risk because some of the worst scum bags are roaming Juarez right now.

Smurf said...

Vanguardia is saying that the two students were allegedly part of a kidnapping cell run by El Neto and this was retalliation. I will try and post a link later, but im typing on a blackberry.

Same thing happened to Eunice Ramirez back in November, 19 year old student accused of belonging to kidnapping cell called El Arqi. Pretty grl whose family was firebombed soon after her arrest. That story was covered here on BB.

Anonymous said...

So in fairness we don't really know if those guys were caught up in anything the relatives always refuse to believe they are of course its natural for a parent. Could had also been mistaken identity too I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Despite whether the students were or were not involved, and in response to anon.11:43, who questions whether the "sickos really believe they're going to be able to fuck with people like this forever?" The answer is "yes", and with good reason. What is ever done to punish them? If criminals get prison time, they might easily be convinced that their release (authorized or not) is immanent. Furthermore, since a majority of the people wielding fire arms are criminals, what chance do the innocent have to fight back? What a sad, sad state of affairs.
Imjustagirl

Anonymous said...

Maybe they were offered a kidnapping job and refused, or they saw something, and the others figured they knew too much. The others being members of the authorities. If you ask around the people living there KNOW what really happened and why, and who all was involved. In Matatodos, los judiciales will kidnap-but they will call it an "arrest"-young men and beat them for whatever reason, claiming they have ties to traffickers so that they will succumnb to actually becoming part of a trafficking ring who works for them -the judiciales.

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