US teen killed in Mexico was heading to see his girlfriend
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An American teenager who was found dead on Christmas Eve in Mexico had gone to see his girlfriend the day he died and didn’t tell relatives, perhaps fearing they wouldn’t let him go, according to Mexican prosecutors’ documents obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
The charred remains of 18-year-old Alexis Uriel Marron of Rolling Meadows, Illinois were found along with the bodies of two friends in the trunk of a burned-out car in the western state of Michoacan. The car belonged to one of the friends.
Two uncles identified Marron through crowns on his teeth and clothing that hadn’t burned, the documents said.
The prosecutors’ office said the car holding the remains of the three young men was found Saturday on the side of a rural road in Michoacan, a Mexican state that has been plagued in recent years by violence linked to Mexico’s drug trafficking trade.
Prosecutors were looking into robbery as a possible motive because none of the three men’s possessions were found in the car. But the area has also been the scene of bloody turf battles between drug gangs. The Knights Templar and Jalisco New Generation cartels are believed to be active in the area.
Marron was a U.S. citizen, according to the documents, but his family was from a town in the area called Quiringuicharo. The relatives said Marron, a suburban Chicago high school student, arrived in Mexico on Dec. 3 to celebrate the year-end holidays and was staying with an uncle.
Alexis Marron, slain last weekend in Mexico, is seen with his cousin Daniela Zendejas. “He was always positive, thinking of his family,” she said, adding that she is now afraid to go back to Mexico.
(Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune)
In this photo taken Dec. 24, 2011, a burned out vehicle stands by the of a road near the town of Ixtlan de los Hervores, state of Michoacan, western Mexico. The body of a U.S. teenager, 18-year-old Alexis Uriel Marron, was found in the trunk of the car along with the bodies of two other youths, prosecutors confirmed Tuesday Dec. 27, 2011. Marron was a student at Rolling Meadows High School in suburban Chicago and had relatives throughout the area. (AP Photo/Gustavo Ruiz)