Massacre in Mexico Motivated by Money

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MEXICO CITY — Relatives of the 72 Central American immigrants whose bodies were found in Tamaulipas, Mexico said the victims were killed because their family members were unable to pay a ransom for their lives, La Opinión reports.

"All the families of the dead in Honduras were threatened with (the) death (of their relatives) if they did not pay to rescue them,” said Honduran missionary Valdete Willeman.

Mexico's attorney general has hypothesized that the Mexican cartel known as "Los Zetas" first tried to recruit the immigrants, who rejected the offer.

Each year, about 300,000 undocumented immigrants, mostly Central Americans, cross the border into Mexico to reach the United States by land and are kidnapped by members of organized crime, La Opinión reports.