Photo: Two Mexican Fishermen Killed in Guatemala
Two Mexican fishermen were murdered and their bodies found by residents on the coast of Retalhuleu, a province on Guatemala’s Pacific coast, prosecutors said Sunday.
The bodies of Maximiliano Vicente Gomez, 18, and Antonio Pesades, 40, were discovered Saturday by residents of the coastal village of Las Cruces.
The men were tortured and shot, prosecutors said, adding that the bodies were in a small fishing boat called the Mexico.
Investigators presume the fishermen were stopped on the high seas, tortured and murdered, Retalhuleu police operations chief Cesar Diaz told reporters.
The killers placed the bodies in the small boat and turned off the engine, but the Pacific Ocean’s strong currents washed the vessel ashore on the coast of Retalhuleu.
The fishermen sailed from Madero, a port in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, last Tuesday.
The two men earned a living off small-scale fishing, Erasmo Gomez, Maximiliano’s uncle, told Guatemala’s Nuestro Diario newspaper.