An Ohio architect, his fiancée, and two of her kinfolk who went lacking Christmas Day in Mexico have been confirmed lifeless.
The loss of life of José Gutiérrez, who was in Mexico for the vacations visiting his fiancée Daniela Pichardo, was introduced Tuesday by his employer Champlin Structure in a Fb submit.
“We are going to all miss him greater than phrases can categorical,” the corporate wrote.
Final week, native authorities in Mexico discovered 4 our bodies and a van riddled with bullet holes within the state of Zacatecas, in keeping with native information shops.
Three of the 4 our bodies had been recognized as Pichardo, her sister and her cousin. The fourth physique, belonging to a person, is believed to be Gutiérrez’s stays, Ohio’s Fox 19 information station reported.
Investigators are ready for DNA affirmation earlier than definitively figuring out the stays.
The our bodies discovered within the van riddled with bullet holes had been believed to be José Gutiérrez’s stays, his fiancée, her sister and her cousin.Gutierrez Household
The van had not less than a dozen bullet holes, in addition to blown tires. It’s believed to be the automobile the foursome had been utilizing to journey round Zacatecas, TV Azteca reported.
The households of each Gutiérrez and Pichardo feared that they had been kidnapped after not listening to from both after Christmas day.
Witnesses reported listening to screams of panic and noticed the 4 being pulled right into a van.
José Gutiérrez had been touring round in a van along with his fiancée and her kinfolk in Zacatecas. gutierjm/Fb
The US Division of State lists Zacatecas on its “don’t journey to” advisory for People attributable to previous abductions and ongoing violence within the space.
“Violent crime, extortion, and gang exercise are widespread in Zacatecas state. US residents and LPRs [lawful permanent residents] have been victims of kidnapping,” the advisory states.
José Gutiérrez and Daniela Pichardo had been planning to get married this yr. Gutierrez Household
Gutiérrez was born in Mexico earlier than shifting to the US. He obtained his grasp’s diploma from the College of Miami and labored for the Cincinnati-based agency Champlin Structure.
The agency introduced that it plans to create a scholarship in his title at his alma mater “in an effort to honor his impression to our agency and the group.”
Gutiérrez and Pichardo had been planning to get married this yr.