In the latest attack in Mexico on Catholic faithful, four young men who disappeared over the weekend and whose bodies were found dumped on the side of the road, have been identified as members of a Catholic evangelist group named Arco Iris (Rainbow).
Their bodies were found Tuesday in San Juan de los Platanos, about 10 miles west of Apatzingán in the state of Michoacán. Their murder follows hard on the heels of three priests who were kidnapped, killed and had their dead bodies dumped on roadsides – one in Michoacán, two in Veracruz – in the span of one week.
One of the men was a local papaya farmer, another raised pigs, the third belonged to a vigilante “auto-defense” unit that in years past clashed frequently with cartel sicarios in the region. The fourth man was visiting from the United States, according to the local La Voz news site. He had scheduled to return to the U.S. on Sunday.