Forensics experts have identified one of the missing Mexican students among incinerated remains found in a remote dump in Cocula, Guerrero, relatives said, at least partially confirming the government’s claim that the 43 students were executed by a drug cartel more than two months ago.
The identified missing student is Alexander Mora Venancio, students and parents from the Ayotzinapa Normal School told VICE News on Saturday, as large crowds of demonstrators gathered once more to march on the Zocalo central square in Mexico City. Felipe de la Cruz Sandoval, a father of a surviving student, confirmed that Mora was identified through DNA evidence from a bone found in Cocula’s river.
Alexander Mora, 19, was a native of the municipality of Tecoanapa in southern Guerrero. His father, Ezequiel Mora, is featured in the VICE News documentary “The Missing 43,” saying at one point that he would “take up arms” if the government is unable to resolve the case of his son’s disappearance.
“To be honest, we are very angry,” Mora says at one point. “They want to close the case by telling us our sons are dead. But we believe they are alive.”
Ayotzinapa students and parents said they received the confirmation of Alexander Mora’s death from the team of Argentine forensics investigators they asked to examine the remains found in October at a dump outside Cocula, a tiny municipality near Iguala, the larger city where approximately 100 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal School were attacked by Iguala police officers on September 26.
Mexico’s attorney general’s office said it would hold a press conference Sunday, presumably to confirm that its investigation points to a large-scale massacre of the 43 students who were carried away by Iguala police and turned over to executioners belonging to the Guerreros Unidos cartel.