E1: The Missing 43

It all started on September 26, 2014 when more than 100 students of Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers College of Ayotzinapa traveled 2 hours away from home to a city called Iguala. The students were traveling on 3 buses that were stolen by them. The goal was to reach Iguala and interrupt the annual DIF conference of Maria de Los Angeles Pineda and later take possession of more buses that were needed to attend an anniversary march of the 1968 student massacre in Mexico City. Around 9 pm the police blocked the 3 buses. The buses tried getting away but the police opened fire on the vehicles that were carrying more than 100 students. There were 2 students who died in this shoot out. Many students got away but dose that couldn’t were loaded into police vehicles. The total number of students who were loaded into police vehicles was 43. The students were never scene again.

Jose Luis Abarca Vasquez (Mayor of Iguala) and his wife Maria de Los Angeles Pineda (Local president of DIF and daughter of Salomon Pineda Bermudez and Maria Leonor Villa Ortono ex members of the Beltran Leyva Cartel) started receiving tough question that were hard to answer about the attack on the students. During the day of September 28, 2014 there were 22 police officers arrested due to the shooting and disappearance of the 43 students. Two days later the mayor and his wife escaped town. After investigators hopped on this case they found out Jose Abarca ordered the police to block the students from getting to his wife event. Investigators also found out that the mayor’s wife had family members in the local drug cartel called Guerreros Unidos. Guerreros Unidos is a cartel that was formed after the break up of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, the cartel her parents and family members were part of. The mayor’s wife is being called the chief operator of the cartel inside the government. Now the Mayor and his wife are detained over the missing students.

After founding out that the authority was corrupted and useless, local people volunteered to search for the students. During the search people found a grave of bones that may or may not have something to do with the 43 students. The parents and the people have asked for a group to come and investigate the bones that were found. There’s no trust around the city with all the corruption going on. The group that they have asked for is the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF). On October 11, 2014 Angel Aguirre (Guerrero’s Governor) announced that the bones of 28 bodies are not related to the 43 students that are missing. On October 22, 2014 students and parents marched back to Iguala. After leaving Iguala an unknown group of people destroyed Iguala’s City Hall. On October 23, 2014 Angel Aguirre stepped down and resigned.

On November 7, 2014 Mexico’s Attorney General Jesus Murillo announced that they had captured 3 members of the Guerreros Unidos who declared that the Iguala police handed over a group of 43 young students. After receiving the students the Guerreros Unidos Cartel members then put them into trucks and drove into a gated property far away from everyone. They asked them questions and then they got thrown off a cliff. The captured men claimed they then started a fire on the bodies that lasted longer than 15 hours. After all the bodies were ashes they got put into bags and then thrown into a river.

The government sent out a team to search the area. After searching they announced that the ashes found were of human flesh. The parents didn’t trust the government and they demanded for the ashes and prove to be sent to the EAAF group. The parents haven’t given up and their protest has gone global.

On December 7, 2014 Officials announced that they identified the remains of 1 student from the 43. The fact that the remains were found in a dump in Guerrero gives parents hope that the burning story was just another government lie.


Map of Mexico.. Showing Guerrero


Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and Wife


Unknown group destroying Guerreros City Hall


Area where they claim the students were burned

mexico grave 123

Protest.. WE WANT THEM BACK #43






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