Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2021. 11:00 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Mexican authorities have confirmed that two Guatemalan immigrants were among the group of 19 people found massacred in the border state of Tamaulipas last week.
The victims’ bodies were found piled up and burned in a truck on January 22. Forensics revealed that the truck had 113 bullet holes.
The Tamaulipas state prosecutors’ office said that at least four of the victims have been identified thus far, but did not release their names. Apart from the two Guatemalan immigrants, authorities have confirmed that the other two identified victims were Mexican. The 19 bodies had a total of 16 males, one confirmed female and two which were so badly burnt that their genders could not be identified.
The Associated Press (AP) notes that a motive for the killings has not been determined, but it is known that Camargo, the area where the bodies were found, has long been the scene of turf battles between rival drug gangs as a major smuggling transit point for drugs and migrants.
“There have been instances in which drug cartels charge migrant smugglers for crossing their territory, and kidnap or kill migrants whose smugglers have not paid,” the AP said. “Organized crime groups covet control of stretches of the border because they make money off everything that crosses the border.”
The Northeast cartel, a remnant of the Zetas, has reportedly been trying to take over the territory where the massacre happened, which has been historically controlled by the Gulf cartel.
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