The five young people whose bodies were found on Sunday in the Mexican municipality of Celaya, Guanajuato state, central Mexico, were medical students, and one more is missing.
“There are five students, apparently there is a sixth, studying medicine,” the rector of the Latin University of Mexico, Carlos José Lemus Muñoz Ledo, told the media this Monday.
On the afternoon of Sunday, December 3, National Guard agents found the bodies of the five young people on a dirt road in the community of Crespo, in Celaya, a municipality in the state of Guanajuato.
After the discovery, A coordinated operation was deployed between federal and local forces to reinforce security in the area and try to find those responsible, without them having been located so far.
This Monday the Latin University of Mexico reported, through a statement, that the five were studying medicine, and even two of them were about to graduate on January 27, 2024.
The victims were identified as José Eduardo Freire Ortega, Pedro Francisco Mateos Puente, Bryan Jesús Amoles Gasca, as well as the brothers Jesús Virgilio Orozco Mateos and Fabián Orozco Mateos.
The university decided to suspend classes for the day, but held a mass in memory of the five students and announced that they would resume activities this Tuesday.
“They were happy and very talented young people, and within the university, with precise academic achievement,” commented the rector of the Universidad Latina de México.
Regarding the sixth missing student, Lemus Muñoz Ledo said he had no more information about it and noted that it is unknown whether or not he was with the group of five students who were murdered.
Between January and October 2023, 2,668 victims of intentional homicide were registered in Guanajuato, according to data from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System. remaining the state with the most cases in Mexico.
The events occur after Mexico reported an annual drop of 7.1% in homicides in 2022, when Mexico had 30,968 murders after the two most violent years in its history, under the mandate of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with 34,690 victims of murder in 2019 and 34,554 in 2020, followed by 33,308 in 2021.