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Discovery of Mass Grave Spurs Mexicans Seeking Missing Loved Ones

VERACRUZ, Mexico – Dozens of people whose relatives went missing in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz visited medical examiners’ offices Monday to learn if their loved ones were among the 174 people found in a mass grave.

Since the state Attorney General’s Office revealed the discovery on Thursday, the number of skulls found at the site has risen from 166 to 174, officials said.

A total of 144 voter’s registration cards and 200 articles of clothing, including some belonging to infants and children, were also found in the mass grave in Alvarado, a port town.

As part of the protocols to identify the victims, the state AG’s office notified family members of the missing that they could view a video showing the clothing found in the grave.

In the last 48 hours, some 100 relatives of missing persons have viewed the clothing, but none of the victims have been identified.

“There were baby clothes, there were baby pajamas,” Elvira Gomez Lopez told EFE.

Gomez Lopez, who has been trying find sons Rodrigo and Juan de Dios Gomez, who went missing in 2013, said she could not comprehend the level of “evil” that had to exist in Veracruz for “innocent babies” to be killed.

“My sons were 17 and 19. So, if they took a 4- or 5-month-old baby and if they took 4- or 5-year-old children, I can’t imagine what they could’ve done to my sons, I can’t imagine,” Gomez Lopez said.

 

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