January 28, 2013
More than eight bodies were drudged from a well in Mexico near the site where 20 members of a Colombian-style band, Kombo Kolombia, went missing, according to a state forensic official. Many more bodies are expected to be recovered.
The well is located in a vacant lot in the town of Mina, said officials.
Bodies of at least 16 are believed to be members of Kombo Kolombia and their crew. The band was reported missing early Friday after playing a private show in a bar late Thursday in the next town, Hidalgo.
According to reports Info7 , the bodies found at the bottom of a Ferris wheel located in a gap in the municipality of Mina wore the same dress that Kolombia Kombo musicians wore during the presentation at the “Quinta La Carreta”. The victims had more than 36 hours of dead with multiple gunshot wounds and signs of torture.
Según reportes de Info7, los cuerpos encontrados al fondo de una noria ubicada en una brecha del municipio de Mina llevaban la misma vestimenta que los músicos del Kombo Kolombia usaban durante la presentación en la “Quinta La Carreta”. Las víctimas presentaban más de 36 horas de fallecidos con múltiples impactos de bala y huellas de tortura.
People living near the bar in Hidalgo municipality north of Monterrey reported hearing gunshots about 4 a.m. Friday, following by the sound of vehicles speeding away, said a source with the state agency. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be quoted by the news media.
The officials added that gunfire is common in the area, and said investigators found spent bullets nearby.
Relatives filed an official report about their missing loved ones on Friday, after they lost cellular telephone contact with them following the Thursday night performance. When family members went to the bar to investigate, they found the band members’ vehicles still parked outside.
For three years, Kombo Kolombia has played a Colombian style of music known as vallenato, which is popular in Nuevo Leon state. Most of the group’s musicians were from the area, and have held large concerts in addition to bar performances.
Nuevo Leon state officials said one of those missing is a Colombian citizen with Mexican residency.
Members of other musical bands, usually groups that performed “narcocorridos” celebrating the exploits of drug traffickers, have been killed in Mexico in recent years. But Kombo Kolombia did not play that type of music and its lyrics did not deal with violence or drug trafficking. source
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