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September 26th, 2017, marked the third anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students of a teachers college in the state of Guerrero.

In a country that has seen a decade of gruesome drug cartel related deaths, including decapitations, dismemberment, and mass graves, this particular incident has gripped the nation, garnered international attention, and remains an unsolved case

What is known is this: On the night of September 26th, 2014, 57 students, aged 18 - 22, from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college in the city of Iguala, disappeared. Fourteen students were found dead, four days later.

They had been tortured, but there were no signs of the remaining 43.

An investigation by the federal Attorney General’s office, in a report released in January of 2015, concluded the Iguala police department was in collusion with the local criminal gang.

The students were rounded up by the police and turned over to the gang, which killed them, then burned their bodies in a garbage dump.

However, there were several things about the government’s explanation that didn’t add up. Investigations conducted by independent experts disputed the government’s findings.

For example, investigators found government witnesses had differing versions of the night’s events. And, more important, there was no evidence at the trash dump that 43 bodies had been burned there.

So, what really happened to those students. To this day, nobody knows, or the people who do know, aren’t talking.

Maureen Meyer, senior associate for Mexico at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), in a press release said Mexico’s government was unable, or unwilling, to solve the case.

“The lack of progress in a case that the Mexican government has called ‘the most exhaustive investigation in the history of Mexico,’ along with mounting evidence that public officials obstructed justice and impeded the investigation, has come to symbolize the widespread impunity found within Mexico’s troubled criminal justice system and the government’s lack of political will to credibly investigate and sanction human rights violations.”

The father of Julio César Mondragón Fontes, one of the fourteen students who were found tortured to death, has given up hope his son’s killers will face justice.

He told the newspaper Milenio, “Organized crime has won.”
He told the newspaper Milenio, “Organized crime has won.”

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Gone but not forgotten. A memorial and vigil was set up in Mexico City not long after
Gone but not forgotten. A memorial and vigil was set up in Mexico City not long after the students disappeared. Numerous marches and demonstrations are held every year which attracts large crowds.
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Posters with the name and picture of each student hangs from a rope. The memorial

Weather-worn posters with the name and picture of each student hang from a rope. The memorial was not designed by a world famous architect, and there's something grand about its simplicity. Nevertheless, it packs a tremendous emotional wallop to be face-to-face with these young men.

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The memorial and vigil is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The memorial and vigil is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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The chalk board at the bottom marks off the days since the students disappeared. When this photo was taken, it had been 1000 days.
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This is the most haunting image of all. The way these photos are hanging by a rope from a tree brings to mind the song "Strange Fruit", and evokes images of a lynching, a practice the gangs are also known to use.

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The memorial is strategically located in front of the Mexican Embassy for government officials to see everyday.

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Dónde estan each poster asks. Where are they?
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The sign on the right says: For our right to the truth, Thomas Zeron must resign.