Band Members' Bodies Found in Mexico

By McCarton Ackerman 01/29/13

Drug gangs have reportedly abducted and murdered 12 members of a popular Mexican band.

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In more gruesome news from Mexico, the bodies of twelve members of a popular Mexican band were found in a well, nearly a week after they were reportedly abducted at gunpoint after a concert. After eighteen members of the band Kombo Kolombia and their crew went missing after a show last Thursday in Sabinas Hidalgo (in Northern Mexico), a band member who escaped led investigators to the well. He claims that gunmen abducted the group and shot them for reasons not yet determined. "This was a direct attack. It was not random," said Jorge Domene, a spokesman for the Nuevo León government. Six members of the band still remain missing, but the governor of the state, Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, has promised to find them and track down the culprits. “We are going to continue looking for them,” he said. “We are also going to investigate to find the motive, why it happened and, in the event that the taking of their lives is confirmed, what was behind this and of course capturing those that did it.” It's not uncommon for drug gangs in Mexico to kill or attack musicians that play "narcocorridos" (a style of music that glorifies the criminal underworld), but Kombo Kolombia was best known for playing romantic folk ballads.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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