(MENAFN) The body of José Noriel Portillo Gil, alias “El Chueco,” or “The Crooked One,” believed to be responsible for the murders of two Jesuit priests in June 2022, has been found shot to death in northern Mexico. The suspect’s sister identified the body, which was discovered in an area dominated by the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Despite nine months of supposed searches for Portillo Gil, the circumstances of his death suggest that he was executed by his own or a rival drug gang. Portillo Gil’s gang was also implicated in the 2018 killing of an American traveller in the same area.
The murder of the two Jesuit priests in June 2022 had shocked Mexico, and the confirmation of Portillo Gil’s death only serves to highlight the Mexican government’s inability to catch criminals and its loss of control in parts of the country, according to Jesuit leaders.
The discovery of Portillo Gil’s body raises concerns about the influence of drug gangs in Mexico and the level of violence that has plagued the country for years. It also highlights the need for the government to take more decisive action to combat organized crime and restore law and order.
The murders of the Jesuit priests and the death of Portillo Gil are tragic reminders of the ongoing challenges facing Mexico and the importance of addressing the root causes of violence and crime. It is hoped that their deaths will not be in vain and will serve as a catalyst for change and reform in the country.
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