They find bodies of the two priests who were murdered in Mexico along with a tour guide | News Univision Latin America

On Wednesday afternoon, the governor of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Maru Campos, confirmed that the bodies had been found and identified with DNA tests.

They met on Tuesday new details of the victims and the aggression which occurred around 6:00 p.m. in the town of Cerocahui, belonging to the municipality of Urique, located about eight hours southwest of the capital of the northern state of Chihuahua.

As Fernando Martínez Espinoza, vicar of the Taraumara Diocese, clarified to Noticieros Televisa, a group of armed men entered with a lifeless body to the church of San Francisco Javier of the aforementioned community of just over a thousand inhabitants.

Inside the building they were at that time five parish priests, including Javier Campos Morales, 78 years old, and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, 80 years old. The latter approached the lifeless person to impose the Holy Oils on him; however, one of the assailants opened fire on the priest and then on Campos Morales, who was the superior of the congregation in that place, killing both of them.

The bodies of the three victims were taken away.

According to Martínez Espinoza, a third priest appeared trying to dialogue and calm the attackers for about 30 minutes until the group of assailants, whose number was not specified, decided to take the three lifeless bodies from the place with them.

On Tuesday afternoon, Chihuahua state authorities identified the man who was killed as Pedro Eliodoro Palma Gutierrez. This person, they said, was a tour guide who works in the area and who had been kidnapped at 1:00 p.m. in a hotel that is located in front of the temple, called Misión Cerocahui.

The same state authorities announced that hours before the emergency numbers had been reported plagiarism of four people: a woman, a child and two men in the mentioned hotel.

Palma Gutiérrez’s son, Ricardo Palma, told Noticieros Televisa that the armed men had entered the Cerocahui hotel to kidnap his father, who has been working as a tourist guide in the region for more than 40 years.

They identify the aggressor of the priests

Later, the same Tuesday, the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) of Mexico assured in a press release that it had already identified the aggressor. without mentioning his name. It was the same third priest present during the attack who revealed the name of the murderer Jose Noriel Portillo, alias ‘El Chueco’a widely known criminal in the region.

Noriel Portillo, according to the Mexican press, has a criminal record in Chihuahua. He is the criminal leader of a division of the Sinaloa cartel that has been operating in the region for several years and that, in addition to drug trafficking, is linked to crimes such as clandestine logging and is being investigated for murder of the journalist Miroslava Breach, which occurred in March 2017.

The vicar of the Diocese of Taraumara, Fernando Martínez Espinoza, said that one of the reasons why they would have murdered the guide Pedro Eliodoro Palma Gutiérrez it would be the extortion payment to let him work in the region.

These statements were rejected this Wednesday by the son of Palma Gutiérrez, who said that he he was never aware that his father paid some kind of fee to be able to work. In addition, he assured that “until now authorities from the National Guard and the Chihuahua Prosecutor’s Office have told him that they are still looking for him alive.”

Pope Francis expresses his consternation

Pope Francis expressed this Wednesday from the Vatican his “consternation” for “so many murders in Mexico” that cause “useless suffering.”

“I express my pain and dismay at the murder in Mexico, the day before yesterday, of two religious, my Jesuit brothers, and a layman. So many murders in Mexico”said the pontiff at the end of the general audience on Wednesday before thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

For her part, the governor of Chihuahua Maru Campos (of the conservative National Action Party) reported on Tuesday that they began a search for the missing bodies of the victims in conjunction with federal officials and promised “to reach the ultimate consequences.”

A group of more than 250 officials, including police and military, have joined the work this Wednesday. However, the search for the remains of the two priests and the guide takes place in the largest state in the country, a territory made up of 153,764 square miles (247,459 kilometers), which makes it larger than several countries, the world between including the United Kingdom, Uruguay and North Korea, and which has an extremely complicated geography.


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