Authorities in the western Mexico state of Jalisco said they believe three film students missing since last month were killed and dissolved in acid. Daniel Diaz, 20; and Marco Avalos, 20 - went missing on March 19th as they returned from shooting a film project outside Guadalajara, Mexico's second city, where they attended the University of Audiovisual Media.
Prosecutors said the youths were confused with members of a another gang by gunmen from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), which has become the most powerful in Mexico, according to USA authorities. Protests have been called in several cities of the country, demanding security in a country that breaks its own murder rates every year. A great part of the protesters is refusing to believe the government's version of the event, and comparing it to the "historical truth" given by Mexico's prosecutor about the 43 students that have been missing since 2014.
At least eight members of the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel were keeping an eye on the house, and made a decision to kidnap and murder them, thinking they were part of the rival group.
"Supposing that what the General Attorney says is true, the three film students were murdered and their bodies dissolved in acid for doing their homework".
Residents held a vigil Monday, April 23, 2018, to remember the three Mexican students brutally killed last month.
The home where the three students were filming at belonged to one of their aunts and was used as a "safe house" for Nueva Plaza and was under surveillance by Cartel Jalisco New Generation, prosecutors said.
The case drew outraged protests from their fellow students, backed by Mexican film luminaries such as Oscar-winning directors Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron.
The students, who authorities say had no connection to any criminal gangs, found themselves inadvertently enmeshed in an ongoing conflict between two drug cartels.
More than 25,000 people were murdered a year ago in Mexico.
More than 200,000 people have been killed or have disappeared since Mexico's government declared war on organized crime in December 2006.
Missing persons cases often go unsolved, in a country where more than 90 percent of violent crimes are never punished.