The Government of Mexico reported that the process of identifying the victims of the Camargo massacre was completed, so the remains will be repatriated to Guatemala.
Through a Statement, the governments of Guatemala and Mexico said that identification was made through the Binational Accompaniment Mechanism, composed of authorities from both countries.
It will be on 12 March that repatriation will take place worthy of the victims of the event that occurred on 22 January.
It was also reported that the relevant protocols will be met and psychological support and accompaniment will be provided to family members.
📄 Repatriation of the victims Camargo Tamaulipas case. https://t.co/4dDBWXhMOY pic.twitter.com/JolZR0xwaQ
— Foreign Affairs (@SRE_mx) March 6, 2021
On 22 January, 19 charred bodies were located in the community of Santa Anita, Camargo, in Tamaulipas.
Most of the victims are known to be Guatemalan migrants heading for the United States. Mexican citizens also traveled with them, who, according to the Tamaulipas Prosecutor’s Office, were engaged in the illegal trafficking of people.
In addition, five people managed to survive the attack and are currently in the U.S. as protected witnesses.
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According to Tamaulipas Attorney General Irving Barrios, the explanation for the massacre is the struggle between criminal groups over control of the territory (the Gulf Cartel and the Northeast Cartel, former division of Los Zetas).
So far 12 state police officers and eight national migration institute (INM) officials have been arrested and separated from their posts.
Read: ‘They just wanted to get to the US’: they’re looking for their relatives among Camargo victims
Among the crimes against them are those of qualified homicide, abuse of authority in the performance of administrative functions and falsehood in reports given to an authority as evidence from the crime scene is alleged to have been altered.
For now their statements will remain secret so as not to harm both defendants and victims, because the investigation could be damaged.
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