More Than 250 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Mexico

NPRAuthorities in Mexico say they have found more than 250 bodies in what may be the largest mass grave site in the country. It’s located in a dusty abandoned lot just outside the port city of Veracruz.

Authorities were led to the graves by a group of mothers who’ve spent months digging there in search of their loved ones.

Of the 252 bodies found in the mass grave, only two have been identified: Pedro Huesca, a young state investigator, and his personal secretary.

“My son thought he was going to clean the country of these bad people,” says Griselda Barradas, Pedro’s mother. “But no, instead they got rid of him.”

Church bells rang out last night in the family’s small town about 40 miles outside Veracruz. Nine days of mourning came to an end with a mass. The pews were full with mothers and relatives of Veracruz’s missing — many feared buried in the mass grave.

“Finally Pedro is at peace, and his mommy has a place where she can now visit him,” says Rosalia Castro Toss. Castro has been searching for her son for more than five years. Frustrated with authorities unwillingness to investigate his disappearance she and other grieving relatives started digging on their own. …

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