Colombian Foreign Ministry seeks to repatriate two murdered medical students from Mexico


BOGOTÁ (Sputnik) – Colombian consular authorities work with their Mexican counterparts to repatriate the bodies of two young medical students who were killed in the state of Puebla (Mexico, center), the Foreign Ministry said.

“Since yesterday, the day on which the death of the nationals was known, they proceeded to provide due assistance to their families and guidance on the necessary procedures; the consulate established communication with the Attorney General of Puebla to (…) enter into coordination for the delivery of the mortal remains of the nationals, “said the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

The two young people, identified as Ximena Quijano Hernández and José Antonio Parada Cerpa, 25 and 22 years old, respectively, are two of the victims of a quadruple homicide last weekend in Puebla.
Their bodies were found on Monday morning with gunshot wounds, in the jurisdiction of the municipality of Huejotzingo (Puebla) next to the Mexican Francisco Javier Tirado Márquez, 22 years old and also a medical student, and Josué Emanuel Vital Castillo, 28 years old old, an Uber driver who transported them.

Colombian university students had attended the carnival of that municipality on Sunday and since last August they were in exchange at the Autonomous Popular University of the State of Puebla (Upaep), through which they served at the General Hospital of Cholula.
The first hypothesis argues that both they and the two Mexicans were victims of an assault; However, José Antonio Parada’s cell phone was not stolen.
“On behalf of the consulate the Mexican authorities have been required, in a respectful manner, to carry out the investigation according to law and report on the progress and results of the same,” he added.

The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Puebla informed through Twitter that there are, in fact, three alleged detainees involved and an insured vehicle and that they will carry out several searches in the next few hours.

Thousands of Mexican medical students marched on Tuesday to protest at the headquarters of the state government of Puebla, some 80 kilometers east of Mexico City, for the murder of three students, two of them Colombians.


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