Mexican mother searching for missing son is killed
May 4, 2023 –A mother who was searching for her missing son has been killed in the Mexican state of Guanajuato.
Teresa Magueyal was shot dead by two men on a motorbike while she was cycling through the streets of her home town, Celaya.
Ms Magueyal was part of the group “A Promise to Be Kept” which is made up of relatives of children who have disappeared.
She is the sixth volunteer of such a group to be killed since 2021.
Ms Magueyal joined “A Promise to Be Kept” after her son José Luis Apaseo Magueyal, 34, disappeared three years ago.
According to his mother, Mr Apaseo, who also lived in Celaya, was last seen by a relative as he headed to the shops to buy food for his four daughters.
There have been no clues as to whether he may be alive or dead.
Disappearances are common in Mexico and very few cases are ever resolved.
With more than 100,000 people missing, desperate relatives have banded together to try locate their loved ones.
Some dig for remains in areas where criminal gangs are known to dispose of bodies. Others try to piece together information from anonymous tip-offs.