GUATEMALA CITY – DNA tests confirmed that 10 Guatemalans were among the 193 migrants murdered in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas in April 2011 by drug cartel enforcers, the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry said.
The tests were conducted after relatives of 53 missing migrants provided Guatemalan prosecutors with DNA samples, the ministry said.
“On May 30, 2011, the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry’s Consular Affairs Administration received a complaint from relatives that 53 Guatemalans headed for the United States had disappeared in Mexico,” the ministry said in a statement.
The Guatemalans were among those whose remains were found in mass graves in San Fernando, a city in Tamaulipas.
Investigators identified Victor Bedoya Ramirez, Marvin Mejia Cojom, Jose Perez Bedoya, Angel Chavez Velasquez, Marvin Chavez Velasquez, Augusto Enriquez Catalan, Elmer Castro Andres, Mariano Lopez Morales, Luis Sunuc Patzan and Jose Yovanny Bocel Conoz.
A total of 11 Guatemalan migrants massacred in San Fernando have now been identified.
A few days after the mass grave were found, Feliciano Tagual Ovalle was identified.
Foreign Ministry officials are working with the Guatemalan Embassy in Mexico to speed the repatriation of the remains, the statement said.
Mexican officials blamed the Los Zetas drug cartel for the massacre. EFE