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3 Gay Rights Activists Found Dead in Mexico

Cops say killings were linked to extortion
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2018 12:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mexican officials say three gay rights activists have been shot dead and left along a highway in the troubled southern state of Guerrero. Guerrero security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the bodies were found Sunday on a road between Taxco and Cuernavaca with bullet wounds to the head. Alvarez said Tuesday that evidence and witness testimony suggest the killings may have been linked to extortion, the AP reports.

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Four people were arrested in possession of weapons and drugs, and one is suspected in the killings. The victims were identified as Ruben Estrada, a gay community leader in the town of Taxco, and activists Carlos Uriel Lopez and Roberto Vega. Guerrero is a flashpoint for drug gang violence, while Taxco is a popular tourist destination famous for its cobblestone streets and artisanal silver industry. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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