Mexico Band Massacre: Survivor Led Cops to Bodies

He managed to escape the armed men

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 29, 2013 3:53 AM CST

(Newser) – Cops searching for a missing band in Mexico have pulled 18 bodies from a well after being led there by a band member who survived the massacre of his bandmates. The survivor says that after Kombo Kolombia played at a bar, armed men arrived and ordered them into vehicles, the Los Angeles Times reports. He says that after he managed to slip away, he watched as band members were beaten, interrogated, and executed.

Authorities say the survivor, who is now under state protection, managed to reach a nearby ranch and asked for help, the AP reports. Police have yet to determine a motive for the slaughter, one of the worst mass killings in Mexico in recent years. "We assume their killers are related to some kind of criminal group," a Nuevo Leon state spokesman says. "They could have played a song someone did not like or said something someone did not like. We don't know."

Mexican state and federal police drive along a dirt road leading to a ranch near the town of Mina, where numerous bodies have been found dumped in a well.
Mexican state and federal police drive along a dirt road leading to a ranch near the town of Mina, where numerous bodies have been found dumped in a well.   (AP Photo/Emilio Vazaquez)
Members of the  band Kombo Kolombia pose for the press during a promotional event in Monterrey, Mexico in 2011.
Members of the band Kombo Kolombia pose for the press during a promotional event in Monterrey, Mexico in 2011.   (AP Photo)
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