José Luís Abarca
VICE News has closely followed the case of 43 missing teaching students in Mexico's Guerrero state. To help readers unfamiliar with this story, here is what we know so far.
The former deputy police chief in Iguala was allegedly on the payroll of an organized crime group and has been on the lam since the 43 students vanished last September.
Cartel members interrogated by authorities claim dozens of people — more than authorities admit — were attacked and killed because the cartel believed a rival gang was attempting to enter Iguala.
Maria de los Angeles Pineda allegedly paid off the drug gang Guerreros Unidos using funds from inside city hall in Iguala, Guerrero, in a sign of the depth of collusion between crime and local officials that exists in many regions of Mexico.
In this excerpt, VICE News correspondent Daniel Hernández travels with a volunteer search party in Guerrero, as they uncover a mass grave.
In this extra scene, VICE News travels with students protesting the 43 disappeared students to the Palo Blanco toll booths, as they commandeer the booths in order to raise funds for future protests.
VICE News follows the disappearance of 43 students from Guerrero, Mexico, as the parents of the missing and the community demand answers from increasingly suspicious authorities.
In the final part of our three-part series, VICE News travels to Cocula, where another mass grave has been found, and to Mexico City, where protests against the president and government have reached boiling point.
The lives led by Ayotzinapa teaching students changed irrevocably after 43 of their peers were "disappeared" in September. These photos documents the reality of their day-to-day since then.
In part two of a three-part series, VICE News travels with a volunteer search party in Iguala continuing the search for the missing 43 students, while the parents of the disappeared students demand answers.
In part one of a three-part series, VICE News travels to the Ayotzinapa Normal School in Guerrero, Mexico, following the disappearance of 43 students.
Angry demonstrators attacked government buildings as protests over the Ayotzinapa student murders spread.