Mexico City detains man in kidnap, killing of 12

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 10:33 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City authorities have detained the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of 12 young people who were later found dead.

Prosecutors in Mexico City said Thursday in a statement that witnesses told investigators Joel Javier Rodriguez Fuentes planned and participated in the abduction last year.

The group vanished from an after-hours bar a block from the leafy Reforma Avenue. Their bodies were found months later in a clandestine grave in neighboring Mexico state.

The mass kidnapping resonated across the city of 9 million people because many had come to believe it was an oasis from violence elsewhere in the country.

Authorities said the group was targeted as revenge for the killing of a drug dealer in the capital.

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