Thursday, 5 April 2012
Mexico Arrests Over La Santa Muerte Cult Killings
Police in northern Mexico have arrested eight people in connection with the killing of two 10-year-old boys and a woman in ritual sacrifices.
Prosecutors in the state of Sonora allege the suspects belong to the cult of La Santa Muerte, or Holy Death.
A spokesman said the victims' blood appeared to have been poured round an altar to the idol, which is portrayed as a skeleton holding a scythe.
The cult, which reveres death, has been growing rapidly in Mexico.
Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for Sonora state prosecutors, said the most recent killing was earlier this month, while the other two were committed in 2009 and 2010.
Their bodies were found at the altar site in the small mining community of Nacozari, some 70 miles (110km) south of Douglas, Arizona.
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