In the end, it took a crime that was shocking even by the standards of Mexico’s blood-soaked drug war. On the night of September 26th, 2014 corrupt police and cartel thugs in the town of Iguala went on a killing spree. First they shot dead three students and three passersby. Then they kidnapped 43 students, carting them off in police cars before reportedly throwing them into a cattle truck.
After an intensifying public anger over President Peña Nieto’s sluggish response to the crime; the authorities revealed that the assassins incinerated their corpses for more than 14 hours before discarding their remains into plastic bags and throwing them in a nearby river.
But the student’s parents don´t believe the government’s version of events. With the help of the Community Police, organized by locals to fight against drug cartels, they continue to look for their children.