Officials confirm first student in case of missing 43

A steady stream of neighbours, friends and classmates stepped into the half-light of Ezequiel Mora's two-room adobe home last Sunday to offer their condolences for the death of his son Alexander, the first of 43 missing college students to be confirmed dead, write Christopher Sherman and E Eduardo Castillo for Associated Press.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam confirmed last Sunday that the son had been identified from charred remains found several weeks ago near a garbage dump in Cocula, Guerrero. The DNA was matched from material extracted from a bone fragment and analysed by forensics experts at a laboratory in Innsbruck, Austria.

The identification confirmed what Murillo Karam told parents in November: that the students rounded up in a conflict with police had been killed and incinerated by the local drug gang, Guerreros Unidos. Horror, hope – and the lack of positively identified remains – led parents to discount the story and say they would keep searching.
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