The four victims abandoned a few meters from the border between Mexico and the United States were shot and had their hands tied behind their backs.
An unfortunate discovery was recorded in the city of Tijuana, Baja California, just a few meters from the border between Mexico and the United States, in a part of the wall that divides that city with San Diego.
Members of the “Todos Somos Erick Carrillo” missing persons search group discovered the lifeless bodies of four migrants near the highway that connects the cities of Tijuana and Tecate.
According to the newspaper El Heraldo de México, the four victims were shot and had their hands tied behind their backs. The site is known for being a passageway frequented by people seeking to enter the United States in search of the so-called “American dream”.
After this grim discovery was made public, the National Migration Institute (INM) issued a statement to inform that the bodies correspond to Mexican migrants who were executed by members of organized crime.
In addition, the document details that the search was initiated after a person showed up on September 20 at the offices of Grupo Beta Tecate, and reported that two of his relatives tried to cross into the United States, but were attacked with firearms as they were advancing through the mountain area.
“One of them fainted and when he woke up he could not find his companion, so he decided to resort to the National Migration Institute and ask for support in order to locate and help him, as he could be badly wounded,” the agency said.
Of the four bodies found, three were in an advanced state of decomposition and one had died in the last few hours, which corresponded to the migrant who had been reported missing.
As recently as September 11, the INM delegate in Baja California, David Perez Tejada, warned that at least three zones are totally controlled by organized crime where armed individuals and various safe houses have been reported, one of these being the mountainous area between Tijuana and Tecate, according to EFE.
“There are areas between Tijuana and Tecate bordering San Diego where there is no wall, and that is where the criminals are taking advantage of to gain control of that territory,” the official said at the time.