QUITO – Telmo Leonidas Llupa Chimborazo, 17, is the first identified Ecuadorian victim of the massacre in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where the bodies of 72 migrants on their way to the United States were found.
The head of Ecuador’s Senami migrant office, Lorena Escudero, told a press conference Thursday that the slain youth could be identified because Ecuadorian and Mexican authorities exchanged lab results that included tests of blood and DNA samples.
“By means of missing-persons reports made at the Attorney General’s Office plus certain documents found in Mexico and the laboratory tests, information was exchanged that enabled us to make an official identification of the youth,” Escudero said.
The Senami official said that the Ecuadorian government will take charge of repatriating Llupa Chimborazo, a native of Chunchi (some 370 kilometers south of Quito).
“Once the Mexican police give the authorization, it could take 10 to 12 days to get the victim home,” she said.
Escudero said that there could be a minimum of five more Ecuadorians among the fatalities, but added that for now “no more specific information” is available.
At the same time, she said it must be considered “good news” that a young Ecuadorian who went missing and was presumed to have been another victim of the massacre “returned home on Monday.”
On Aug. 23 the bodies of 72 migrants were found in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
One of the few survivors of the massacre was the Ecuadorian Luis Freddy Lala Pomavilla, who reported the massacre to the Mexican police and attributed the criminal act to the Los Zetas gang.
Escudero said that Lala Pomavilla “has improved and is in stable condition” following the wounds he suffered from being shot in the jaw.
She added that the survivor and his family are getting help from the witness and victim protection program, which has them living under strict security at an unidentified location. EFE