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Authorities: European cycling tourists were robbed, brutally murdered in Mexico

May 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities: European cycling tourists were robbed, brutally murdered in Mexico Krzysztof Chmielewski (right) and Holger Hagenbusch

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Authorities say two bicyclists from Europe discovered dead in a valley in Mexico were robbed and murdered, despite earlier reports that they accidentally fell to their deaths.

Prosecutor Luis Alberto Sanchez indicated that the bodies of Krzystof Chmielewski, of Poland, and Holger Hagenbuch, of Germany, were discovered at the bottom of a cliff in the state of Chiapas state.

According to the BBC, Chmielewski, 37, was fatally shot in the head and was recovered on April 26th roughly 130 feet under the road he’d been traveling on. Sanchez said the other victims, 43-year-old Hagenbusch, was likely killed by a head trauma sustained during a beating and his body wasn’t recovered until May 4th.

The murder of the two cyclists are the latest victims of the violence plaguing the country.

Last week, the family of Andrew Dorogi, the college football player from Massachusetts who was discovered dead in Mexico over spring break back in March, claimed he was murdered.

In April, Mexican rapper Christian Omar Palma Gutierrez’ admitted to dissolving the bodies of three film students in acid at the command of a drug cartel.

On April 27th, approximately 12,000 people convened in Guadalajara to protest the slayings of the three students and the inability by the Mexican government to provide sufficient security for its citizens and visiting tourists alike.

At least 15,516 individuals mostly young people between the ages of 13 and 29 are considered missing in Mexico.

Cartel-related killings continue to increase in the nation, which experienced a record 25,000 killings last year.

In the case of the cyclists, officials initially blamed the victims, claiming they lost control and plunged off of the cliff. They also alleged that there were no indications of foul play.

However, after Hagenbuch’s brother went to Mexico to identify his sibling’s body, he discovered that Chmielewski “was decapitated and had a foot missing,” according to a post on Facebook.

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