Photo: 2 Honduran Migrants Murdered on Mexican Train
Two Honduran women traveling with other migrants on a train in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas have been killed, state prosecutors said.
The Chiapas state Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating the double homicide, said witnesses told police that the two victims had been “traveling with a group of migrants in one of the train cars” and that later “they heard guns being shot and then found the lifeless bodies of the two women.”
The incident occurred Thursday afternoon on the railroad between Playas de Catazaja and Crucero Shupa in Palenque municipality.
The young women, identified as Iris Suleida Raudales Flores, 24, and Cynthia Carolina Cruz Bonilla, 19, both from Honduras, had suffered gunshot and knife wounds, the AG’s office said in a statement.
Personnel from the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against Immigrants in Chiapas arrived at the scene to begin investigations.
Authorities said that police and Mexican army troops were carrying out inspection and surveillance patrols throughout the area in an attempt to nab the killers.
Official figures show that every year some 300,000 undocumented migrants, mostly Central Americans, cross the more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of border that Mexico shares with Guatemala and Belize to try and reach the United States.
In recent years, the risk migrants run has increased considerably due to the growing presence of organized crime along their route.