MADRID, June 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The governor of the Mexican state of Chihuaha, Maru Campos, announced this Wednesday that the bodies of Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales and Joaquín César Mora Salazar, who died last Monday after an armed attack in the church of Cerocahui in the northeast of the Country.
“Today, thanks to an extraordinary effort by the Attorney General’s Office, we managed to locate and recover the bodies of the Jesuit priests Javier Campos Morales and Joaquín César Mora, as well as the tourist guide Pedro Palma – and we did this through the review of the coroner’s office,” Campos said in a on Twitter shared statement.
The two religious, who belong to the Society of Jesus, were shot dead by suspected members of organized crime who broke into the temple, in particular José Noel Portillo, aka “El Chueco”, who heads a cell of the criminal group Gente Nueva , armed and operating arm of the Sinaloa cartel in this region, as reported by the newspaper La Jornada.
In addition, the Attorney General’s Office reported the disappearance of a third person, a tour guide and in the same area of the event, last seen at the Mission Hotel in the city of Cerocahui, according to the newspaper “El Universal’.’.
The deaths of the Jesuits and the tour guide were described as “awkward” by the Mexican media. For its part, the Society of Jesus issued a statement condemning “these violent events” and calling for “immediate” protective measures for the religious of the Cerocahui community, denying that they were “isolated events”.
“The Sierra Tarahumara, like many other regions of the country, faces conditions of violence and oblivion that have not been reversed. Every day, men and women are arbitrarily deprived of their lives like our brothers were murdered today,” they declared, adding: “They will not remain silent in the face of a reality that is tearing the entire society apart”.
The Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua (FGE) has offered a reward of up to 5 million pesos (EUR 236,000) to anyone who provides information directly leading to the arrest of José Noriel Portillo Gil, aka “El Chueco”, according to the above sources Middle.
It has been officially confirmed that this subject is charged with manslaughter and organized crime and is also likely to be responsible for the events that occurred on June 20th in the parish of Cerocahui, in the municipality of Urique.