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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mexican Police Arrest Five in Death of UBC Student, Suggest Drug Cartel Connection

By Teresa Smith
Postmedia News

Posted on Borderland Beat Forum by Havana

Mexican authorities have arrested five people and are looking for three fugitives in connection with the murder of a couple whose bodies were found partially buried in the sand on a beach in Mexico in December.

The woman, Ximena Osegueda, 39, was a Mexican national who had become a Canadian citizen and, according to police, was a victim of “a settling of scores” among a Mexican organized crime group.

Osegueda had lived in Montreal and Vancouver and was in Mexico doing research as part of a graduate degree in Hispanic studies at the University of British Columbia, when she disappeared on Dec. 13. In late December her brother found her body alongside her boyfriend, Alejandro Alvarado.

Oaxaca Attorney General Manuel de Jesus Lopez Lopez told a news conference Monday five people were arrested in connection with the crime, three of them women.

Police, who believe the murders are connected to organized crime, were still looking for three other suspects. Charges include homicide, theft and organized crime.

The “positive, friendly and enthusiastic” Osegueda was well-liked by students and faculty alike, said Dr. Andre Lamontagne, head of the department of French, Hispanic and Italian studies at UBC.

In addition to her graduate work studying a large cross in the area of Huatulco, where her body was found, Osegueda also taught a first-year Spanish course.

Lamontagne said the small graduate studies program of about 50 people were shocked when they found out in December that Osegueda — who lived part-time in Mexico and had a house there — was missing.

They held a memorial service for their former fellow-student in January and, during the ceremony, Lamontagne called Osegueda “a bright and promising scholar . . . an accomplished yoga instructor and practitioner of capoeira, a Brazilian martial-art dance.”

Osegueda earned master’s degree in Spanish at McGill University (2005), and taught undergraduate courses on Latin American history at the Universidad del Mar in Huatulco from 2006 to 2008.

While Lamontagne said all students who go abroad must be careful, he said he wanted to avoid generalizing Mexico as a dangerous place.

“In a way, she was a local because she had a house there,” he said.
Lopez Lopez said police have taken into custody Oscar (The Bear) Ibarra Geovany Diego, Nardy Antares Duran Castillo, Mitzy Daniela Castillo Cruz, Araceli Ivett Casco Estrada and Irasema Sanchez Santa Rosa.

Police are still pursuing Juan (The Smurf) Carlos Caballero Garcia, Escamilla (Tweety) Armando Mejia, and Omar (The Mole) Garcia Rosalino Sources.

Hualtulco is about 500 kilometres southeast of Mexico City.

Slain USB Student


  1. "While Lamontagne said all students who go abroad must be careful, he said he wanted to avoid generalizing Mexico as a dangerous place"
    This is the kind of motherfucker i would want to see violence happen to.Some people need a dose of violence,cunts like this in their safe little world talking bullshit.He is one of the reasons we have political correctness,pricks like him.
    Its a sad thing on this woman,but hundreds are dying all the time,because she was a student it makes the news,she was somehow important,it seems more tragic?

  2. PROBABLY because she was known outside of Mexico is why it made the news. As for wishing violence on an innocent man because he doesnt want to label Mexico as a bad place is just plain heartless hatred mixed with stupidity. All countries have their rejects of society...Mexico just happens to have lots of them (cartels in genral).

  3. AM, you're a loser and retard...all you did was whine and bitch but you didn't make one suggestion for gave zero reason for disagreeing with do u bother wasting my time to read your goofy babble. Go grow some balls and a spine and next time u write try at least try make an a 5th grade argument with reasons as what you propose. Can u say DUH.

  4. So, does anyone know what happened here anyway?

    I think this article is evasive. Isn't it very easy to say "victim of settling of scores." Is that basically like saying, "your guess is good as mine, she was in the wrong place at the wrong time...." Stupid, they should have just not said anything.

  5. Mex police did nothing so her brother went to that beach and in a few minutes found a bunch of bodies. Pretty pathetic cops in mexico, Im sure they just rounded up whatever bums or low level dealers they could pin this to and declared case closed.

  6. In other articles it was believed that these two went to the beach not knowing it was where cartels dump bodies and came across a bunch of cartel thugs dumping bodies so they killed them and buried them in the same graves.

    The brother in Canada didn't believe police excuses so went to that beach himself and within a couple of minutes alread located a mass grave. Finally police agreed to dig up the beach and found bodies everywhere.

    I refuse to believe mex cartel members are so stupid as to keep murdered tourists cars themselves so they probably dumped it and somebody else stole it. I have zero faith in the Mexican police to do anything

  7. You dipshits are killing the same people who are educating your children so they don't have to live in the same shit you did. It's only a matter of time before the U.S. takes the kid gloves off and lets real soldiers come add you to the body count.

  8. I am so sorry the Americans are too greedy to see the importance of your country.


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