Body of Mexican student exhumed, more graves found

Body of Mexican student who was found dead after 43 students went missing is exhumed, more graves found in same Guerrero state

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Julio Cesar Mondragon's mother stands in front of a large canvas painting saying ""Julio Cesar Mondragon, rural college student tortured and slain by the state in Iguala, Guerrero, Sept. 26, 2014," August 8, 2015

Julio Cesar Mondragon, the college student studying in the department of teaching, was found dead with his face skinned off hours after the disappearance of his 43 colleagues last year, was exhumed on Wednesday by Mexican and Argentinean experts.

Mondragon’s body has been sent to Mexico city for new tests, as the independent research of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) cited the first autopsy contained inconsistencies and contradictions, therefore his family has demanded new tests.

Mondragon, 22, was married and had a 2 month old daughter.

He was found with the skin on his face peeled off and his eyes removed, a terror method used by drug gangs. The first autopsy indicated that among other possibilities, an animal may have been responsible for disfiguring his face, which the family called a “mockery.”

IACHR also stated that there were visible signs of torture on Mondragon’s body, which is not mentioned in the official autopsy report.

His family asked Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team experts also to be present during the exhuming, because they believe the state is blocking the investigation.

On the night of September 26 last year, 43 students from a leftist oriented college who hijacked buses to go to a demonstration in the city of Iguala, which is a transfer center for heroin headed to the US, went missing after their buses were shot at by the police.

Three students and three bystanders were shot and Mondragon’s body was found hours after the conflict in Iguala, which clouded the other two cases under its fury.

According to the official report, the students were confused with rival gang members, drug cartel gunmen and corrupt policemen shot at their buses. The police then handed them over to the gang "Guerreros Unidos [United Warriors]" and the gang incinerated the students at a local dump.

But the families have never accepted the official report.

An independent report prepared by IACHR stated that to cremate so many people would require much more time and wood, so they refuted the official Mexican report.

More graves

Two more hidden graves were found on Tuesday in southern Carrizalillo town in Guerrero state, where Iguala is a part of, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

A local resident said the graves can be those of the missing 43 students.

"We found some graves when we were digging; there were human bones and you could see clothing in some cases, but we left them as they were because there are now PGR (federal Attorney General's Office) experts around here," Manuel Zepeda told EFE.

Carrizalillo was once a stronghold of Guerreros Unidos and they were bringing the victims to the town, he recalled, Fox News Latino cited.

He also said residents of the town dragged a member of the gang from one of the Federal Police patrol cars which arrived to the town to detain the local commissioner. The residents didn’t allow the police to take away the commissioner because they didn’t have an arrest warrant.

They also beat the gang member and he admitted they had buried numerous bodies outside the town.

Zepeda said they searched the town afterwards and found a grave. Officials are analysing the human remains found there.

TRTWorld and agencies