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Three Students Slain in Northern Mountains

April 14, 1987

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) _ Four men with hatchets attacked four students on a camping trip, killing three and wounding the fourth, officials reported Tuesday.

Carlos Grajeda, an investigator for the state attorney general’s office, said in a telephone interview that the four young men were attacked Saturday afternoon at Lago de Arareco, a lake near the mountain town of Creel that is a four-hour drive from the city of Chihuahua.

He said the students had gone camping in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains during the Holy Week vacation from school, but he gave no motive for the attacks.

Grajeda identified two of the victims as Jorge Lara Galvan, 23, and Cesar Jaquez, 24, both accounting students at the University of Chihuahua.

The third victim, 15-year-old Andrez Saenz Unzueta, was a high school student in Chihuahua, Grajeda said.

He added the surviving student, 22-year-old Alejandro Saenz Harrison, was wounded in the head but escaped and was listed as ″out of danger″ in a clinic in the town of Bocoyna.

″The judicial police are looking for people that the survivor and a witness identified,″ Grajeda said.

According to the investigator, the witness was a Boy Scout who was hiking in the area.

Grajeda said the attack occurred around 6 p.m. when four men approached the students as they were swimming and began calling them names.

″They struck them (the students) with branches and then they covered them with their own blankets″ and attacked them with hatchets Grajeda said.

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