• 10 abductees identified in Mexico mass grave

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    Authorities say 10 of 13 bodies found in a mass grave have been identified as those of youths kidnapped from a Mexico City bar in May, a victim’s mother said Sunday.

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    Julieta Gonzalez, whose daughter Jennifer Robles was among the victims, said families met with federal prosecutors who told them that they were still conducting DNA tests but that 10 bodies have been identified so far.

    A lawyer for the families, Ricardo Martinez, said the victims that have been identified include 16-year-old Jerzy Ortiz, whose father is serving jail time for gang activities.

    A spokesman for the attorney general’s office declined to give details on the meeting with the families.

    The victims were among 12 young people who were kidnapped from a bar in broad daylight, just steps from the capital’s main boulevard, in a case that marred the city’s image as a safe haven from the country’s rampant drug violence.

    A mass grave was discovered on a ranch southeast of the capital on Wednesday.

    The families have demanded an independent forensic examination of the bodies and a team of experts from Argentina is expected to arrive early this week, two relatives of victims told Agence France-Presse.

    Prosecutors have linked the May kidnapping to a drug dispute between smaller, local gangs known as La Union and Los Tepis, which operates in the rough neighborhood of Tepito, home to most of the victims. AFP

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