by Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat
Four elements of the Mexican Marines had arrived in Xalapa, Veracruz for a course on motorcycle mechanics, at the State Police Academy, they were to be in the city for two weeks. However on April 18th they were reported missing by their superiors. On the same day the vehicle in which they were transported was found on Atocpan-Xalapa road.
On April 23rd their bodies were found dumped in a ditch next to a road, with their bodies was the body of a woman. All had signs of horrific torture with one of the men having one of his legs severed. The woman had several fingers cut off.
Arrests were made a few days later by elements of the armed forces and group belonging to the Zetas cartel, which included children sicarios. One of the young sicarios had the torture of the marines recorded on his cell. Parts of the video was released to the public, see video directly below:
Today the mastermind of the executions was presented to the public. Arrested in Xalapa by SEMAR were Marco Jesus Hernandez Rodriguez aka Jesus Ruiz Marcos Rodriguez, nicknamed "El Chilango", jefe of sicarios, who is credited with masterminding the kidnapping, torture and killing at least four elements of the Marina. Read Buggs detailed account of the killings HERE
Elements of the Army – Navy Secretariat of Mexico (Semar) arrested in Jalapa, Veracruz presumed Zetas chief of the sicarios of that location. He is considered the mastermind of the kidnap and murder of at least four elements of the Marines.
The director of Social Communication of the SEMAR, Jose Luis Vergara Ibarra informed that he is Marco Jesus Hernandez Rodriguez or Marcos Jesus Rodriguez, aka “El Chilango” whom also is linked to other crimes.
During the presentation of the detainee, it was referred that last April 18th, it was known that four elements that worked for that institution and collaborated with the maintenance of public security of Veracruz were held against their will by members of the organized crime in the vicinity of Jalapa.
The Deputy Attorney General's Office for Special Investigation into Organized Crime (SIEDO) indicated that at the moment of disappearance, the four elements of the Mexican Navy were not on duty as Operation Personnel, instead they were that were taking a course of motorcycle repairs for a period of 2 weeks in the city of Jalapa. (with only 3 days remaining in the course)
Vergara Ibarra detailed that the system of Naval Intelligence was activated immediately and personnel of Special Forces were deployed with the purpose of locating the officers. Additionally they solicited the support of federal authorities that operate in that jurisdiction.
On April 23rd of this year, elements of the Mexican army arrested Romeo Dominguez Velez, “El Chaparro”, presumed chief of the square of the Zetas in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, whom pointed out that he participated in the murder of the four members of the Mexican Army and indicated several other people as accomplices of the crime.
He added that based on the above and sum of other intelligence sources, personnel of Mexican Army detained on May 9th in Jalapa, Veracruz, Marcos Jesus Hernandez Rodriguez and/or Marcos Jesus Rodriguez, “El Chilango” who is presumably linked to at least seven other homicides and three previous investigations.
Vergara Ibarra stated that they confiscated from this suspect, two long guns, one short gun, more than 250 cartridges, drugs, communication equipment, video and photographs, among other things.
“Secretariat of Marines – Army of Mexico expressed their sorrow to the relatives of these marines and they will be given the support according to the correspondent jurisdiction” pointed out Vergara Ibarra.
He affirmed that these lamentable acts did not frighten personnel of the Mexican Armed forces, instead they are strenghtening the desire and the unrestricted need of continuing with actions against criminal groups.
Sources: Milenio and Cronica del Poder