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Mexican Priest Kidnapped Last Monday Found Shot Dead

December 29, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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A Mexican priest who was kidnapped on Monday has been found shot dead.

Officials said the body of Father Gregorio Lopez was discovered near the southwestern city of Ciudad Altamirano, reports the BBC.

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Father Lopez had been seized by gunmen from a seminary where he taught. It is unclear why he has been killed.

However, a friend of the priest told local media that Father Lopez was kidnapped after he accused a drug gang, Guerreros Unidos, of the abduction and murder of 43 students in September.

Lopez is the third priest to be killed in the state this year, which is at the center of Mexico’s deadly drugs war.

Last month, forensic experts identified the body of a Ugandan Catholic priest among the remains found in a mass grave. Father John Ssenyondo had been missing since being kidnapped in April.

The grave was located by federal police looking for the missing students.

On Friday, demonstrators in several Mexican cities commemorated the disappearance of the students on 26 September – exactly three months ago.

Police in the town of Iguala allegedly detained them following a clash that left six people dead.

Authorities say the police turned the students over to members of a drug gang who killed them and burned their bodies.

So far, the authorities have only identified the remains of one of the students.

From the BBC

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