In a shocking development in Mexico’s central state of Zacatecas, security forces discovered the bodies of six teenage boys, aged 14 to 18, at a remote ranch.
The sole survivor, 18-year-old Sergio Acevedo, was found with significant head injuries and has been hospitalized at Zacatecas General Hospital. The tragedy follows a disturbing trend of mass abductions across the country.
The victims, believed to be unaffiliated with gangs, were abducted from a ranch in La Soledad on Sunday while socializing with female friends. The ranch’s close proximity to a public security regional station, merely 1,600 feet away, has raised further questions. Law enforcement sources allege involvement of the Sinaloa Cartel in the kidnappings, and so far, six arrests have been made in connection with the case.
The horrifying event comes on the heels of another incident where cartel members heinously murdered five college students. Such acts of violence have been an alarming pattern in Mexico, with young individuals being particularly targeted in recent times.
Parents and friends of the victims had blocked highways in desperate pleas for assistance in locating the missing teens. Their efforts were tragically met with the grim news. Subsequently, funeral services for the victims took place on Thursday.
Zacatecas, one of Mexico’s most tumultuous states due to ongoing cartel wars, witnessed over 500 murders in just the first eight months of this year. Governor David Monreal, facing pressure to resign, commented that such kidnappings are often the result of territorial disputes between cartels.
The families of the deceased have voiced their discontent with local officials, accusing them of withholding vital information about the ongoing investigation. This tragic incident underscores the grave danger posed by Mexico’s persistent drug cartel violence and the urgent need for solutions.