Astudillo falsely accused the 43 Ayotzinapa missing students as active members of a rival criminal gang, the Los Rojos (Reds).
By H. Nelson Goodson
November 9, 2014
Mexico, D.F. - On Friday during a news conference, Jesús Murillo Karam, the federal Mexican Attorney General (PGRF) confirmed that Gildardo López Astudillo, aka, "El Gil" had received orders from former Iguala Mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez to eliminate the missing Ayotzinapa students. Astudillo texted Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado, the leader of the Guerreros Unidos (GU), a criminal organization that the students detained by corrupt Iguala and Cocula municipal police were members of a rival crime group called, "Los Rojos." Salgado knew that Abarca Velázquez and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa wanted the students liquidated at all costs so, Salgado ordered his man to kill the students and to get rid of all DNA evidence.
Karam said, that the PGRF investigation concluded that there is no evidence linking the missing 43 students as members of Los Rojos or any other criminal group in the state of Guerrero.
Along with Astudillo, Felipe Flores Velázquez, Iguala's Secretary of Public Safety are being sought on federal warrants in connection with the September 26-27 missing 43 Ayotzinapa students massacre.
Karam confirmed that Cocula Mayor César Miguel Peñaloza Santana, former Iguala Mayor Abarca Velázquez, Pineda Villa, Salomón Pineda, aka, "El Molón" and Salgado are in custody, including 74 GU suspects, which 22 are Iguala municipal police officers and 14 other Cocula municipal police officers. Ten additional warrants has been issued for other alleged criminals connected to the student massacre.
Former Governor of Guerrero Ángel Heladio Aguirre Rivero resigned in October after learning his political PRD party was moving to oust him in wake of the unrest and protests seeking justice for the missing students. Rivero's campaign for Governor was financed by the GU and is accused of attempting to cover up the student massacre. Rivero has not been charged of any crime.
The federal government investigation indicated that the 43 missing students were turned over to the GU by corrupt Iguala and Cocula municipal police officers. Afterwards, they were taken to the Cocula municipal garbage dump and killed, then burned, according to three GU suspects, Jhonathan Osorio Gómez, aka, "El Jona," Agustín García Reyes, aka, "El Chereje" and Patricio Reyes Landa, aka, "El Pato."