On Jan. 20 2007, Mexican journalist Rodolfo Rincon was kidnapped and on Sunday the Tabasco, Mexico state attorney general’s office announced that he was killed by a drug cartel, according to the Associated Press
. Hit men for the drug cartel cut Rincon’s body into pieces and stuffed his body parts into a barrel of acid.
The attorney general’s office spokesperson Silvia Gil made the announcement at a news conference and said the determination was based on testimony from those involved with Rincon’s abduction because his remains that were believed to be his were not preserved enough for a DNA test, reports CNN International
Rincon’s death was made known after local authorities arrested a suspected hit man for a drug cartel. The hit man was not identified but Gil said the man admitted belonging to a gang of hit men called Los Zetas. The man said Rincon was murdered because of his news articles on local drug dealers.
The unidentified assailant's information led to a search warrant of a property where local law enforcement found the charred remains of at least 5 bodies but several DNA tests to verify the identities of those bodies were inconclusive.
So far three journalists have been killed in Mexico this year, while 15,000 people across Mexico have died from drug violence since 2006.