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Mexico Students' Deaths Blamed on Mistaken Identity as Gang

By    |   Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 07:01 PM

Authorities in Mexico said the deaths of 43 college students who went missing four months ago were murders by a group that thought the students were members of a rival gang.

"There's no doubt that the students lost their lives, their freedom and were then incinerated and thrown into the Rio San Juan," Attorney General Jesus Murillo said, according to Reuters.

Remains of only one of the students have been identified. Zerón de Lucio, the head of Mexico's Criminal Investigations Agency, said identifying the victims is impossible because the fire reached 2,912 degrees Fahrenheit, destroying DNA evidence, CNN reported.

Murillo Karam said 99 suspects have been detained, CNN reported. Former Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca is accused of masterminding the crime, in which the students are believed to have been captured by Iguala police and turned over to a gang.

Parents of the missing students rejected the officials’ declaration that their children were killed.

"We don't believe anything of what they say," Carmen Cruz, mother of one of the students, told The Associated Press. "We are not going to allow this case to be closed."

The crime has sparked numerous protests in Mexico.

“In this sorrowful, tragic and painful moment in the history of Mexico, we can’t be trapped. We can’t be stuck there,” President Enrique Peña Nieto said, according to The New York Times. “We have to give it attention. There has to be justice. There has to be punishment for those who were responsible for these regrettable acts, but we have to take the course of continuing to assure that Mexico has a better future.”

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