After they were abducted, the film students were beaten and killed, and their bodies dissolved in acid, the attorney general's office in Jalisco said in a televised news conference Monday.
- Three Mexican film students who went missing five weeks ago were kidnapped, tortured, killed and likely dissolved in acid, investigators said Monday, April 23, 2018, a gruesome end to a case that triggered vehement protests.
State prosecutor Raul Sanchez said that two people had been arrested so far in the investigation.
According to Jalisco's state prosecutor, Raul Sanchez, the students - 25-year-old Javier Salomon Aceves Gastelum, and 25-year-olds Daniel Diaz and Marco Avalos - were killed by members of the New Generation Jalisco Cartel.
"Words can't explain the dimension of this madness".
Mexican authorities in Jalisco state announced that the mystery around the three students' fate had finally been solved weeks after their disappearance triggered massive protests.
The students, who were enrolled at the University of Audiovisual Media in Guadalajara, were last seen alive on March 19 when they were forced into a vehicle by armed men dressed as police officers.
Authorities found more than 20 genetic profiles in a house in Tonala apparently used by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to dissolve bodies of their murdered enemies, where 46 containers with sulfuric acid were found. There are now more than 33,000 people missing in Mexico, a number that has exploded along with the murder rate as the country struggles to rein in brutal violence linked to drug trafficking.
The Guerrero state prosecutor, in that case, said that the students had been handed by corrupt local police to a criminal gang, who killed them and burned their bodies.
More than 33,000 people are now missing in Mexico and organized crime is expected to be a major issue in the current presidential campaign.
During a presidential elections debate Sunday, leading leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador linked the violence in the country to Mexico being a "poverty factory". "Literally. We should cut off criminals' hands".