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Three missing Mexican film students murdered and dissolved in acid by drug cartel were mistaken for rival gang

April 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Three missing Mexican film students murdered and dissolved in acid by drug cartel were mistaken for rival gang The victims: (pictured left to right:)Javier Salomón Aceves Gastélum, Daniel Díaz and Marco Ávalos

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Authorities say three missing Mexican film students were tortured, murdered, and had their remains dissolved in acid by unmerciful cartel members— who inadvertently believed that they were members of a rival cartel.

“Words can’t describe the dimension of this madness,” Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro posted on Twitter on Twitter Tuesday. “Three students killed and dissolved in acid. The ‘why’ is unthinkable, the ‘how’ is terrifying , ” the Mexican-born director stated.

According to Mexican prosecutors, 25-year-old Javier Salomon Aceves, 30-year-old Daniel Diaz, and 20-year-old Marco Avalo had unwittingly been filming a school project at a hangout for members of the Nueva Plaza gang in Jalisco when they were kidnapped last month.

Although the residence belonged to one of the students’ aunts, hit men from the Jalisco New Generation cartel were patrolling the house after a Nueva Plaza leader was freed from prison.

But officials said the suspect believed the students were members of a rival group — with whom they had been fighting over drug territory— and kidnapped the victims on a road near the house while disguised as police officers, according to the New York Post.

The cartel members questioned the students at a safe house and beat one of them so severely that he was killed — prompting them to murder the other two, according to chief investigator Lizette Torres.

They then brought them to another home and deposited their bodies in sulfuric acid to conceal the evidence.

Investigators discovered traces of the students’ blood and DNA at the houses along with 46 barrels of sulfuric acid.

The students, who were attending the University of Audiovisual Media in Guadalajara, were last seen on March 19th.

Authorities also discovered fake detectives’ credentials at the stash houses.

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