NewsBodies of five students found in a car: Mourning at Latina University

Bodies of five students found in a car: Mourning at Latina University

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4:54 PM EST, December 5, 2023

The bodies of five students were discovered in a car situated on a rural road in Mexico. Authorities have vowed to launch an investigation, as suspicions surface regarding the involvement of a drug cartel.

On Monday, Mexican authorities reported the disturbing discovery of a car containing the bodies of five students from Latina University, according to the Associated Press. The young men were discovered on Sunday, in a rural zone on the outskirts of the city of Celaya, situated in north-central Mexico. In recent years, this area has been witness to a multitude of acts of violence perpetrated by drug cartels. Diego Sinhue Rodríguez, the Governor of the state of Guanajuato, has pledged to inaugurate a comprehensive inquiry into the murders.

Latina University in Mexico acknowledged that the deceased were their students and, in mourning, has called for the suspension of all classes on Monday.

Local media outlets, conveyed by the Associated Press, reported that the students were victims of gun violence. However, the factualness of this information has not yet been confirmed by the prosecutor’s office. Given the location where the victims' bodies were recovered, suspicions lean towards the involvement of a drug cartel.

In June of this year, a criminal faction initiated a car bomb explosion in Celaya, intended to target law enforcement personnel. Unfortunately, officers from the Mexican National Guard fell victim to the attack. They were entrapped into investigating a parked car that was alleged to contain dead bodies, only for the car to detonate upon their approach.

The region has been the stage for a brutal war for years, with the Santa Rosa de Lima and Jalisco cartels in continuous conflict. These criminal groups are engaged in a relentless fight for supremacy over the Mexican state of Guanajuato.

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