On July 25th, after being hospitalized for three days in the military hospital of the Secretariat of National Defense in Mexico City, Mario Casarrubias Salgado died from COVID-19. Along with his brothers Jose Angel and Sidronio, he is considered one of the founders of the criminal group Guerreros Unidos, linked to the disappearance of the 43 student from the Ayotzinapa Normal Rural School.
Casarrubias, who was known as “El Sapo Guapo”, was held in the Federal Center for Social Readaptation 1 “El Altiplano”, in Almoloya de Juarez, Mexico State. He was arrested in 2014 and in 2017 he received a sentence of ten years in prison and a 200-day fine for carrying a firearm, crimes against health, and possession of cartridges for the exclusive use of the armed forces.
SEDENA documents indicate that, after the fall of Arturo Beltran Leyva in 2009, his ex-operators, Cleotilde Toribio Renteria, “El Tilde”, and Mario Casarrubias Salgado, formed the Guerreros Unidos criminal group in 2011 with a presence in the north of Guerrero.
Regarding Mario Casarrubias’s brothers, on October 17th, 2014, federal agents captured Sidronio Casarrubias Salgado “El Chino”, identified as directly implicated in the Ayotzinapa case. Subsequently, on October 30th, 2015, the arrest of Adan Casarrubias Salgado, “El Tomate”, in the state of Morelos, was announced. Finally, in June 2020, agents of the FGR of the current federal government captured Jose Angel Casarrubias Salgado, “El Mochomo”, considered the last leader of Guerreros Unidos of the Casarrubias clan and identified as responsible for ordering the assassination of the student teachers.
Vidulfo Rosales, lawyer for the families of the disappeared, stated that “there was a work route to bring the authorities closer to this person, in the sense that he could provide relevant data to find those responsible for the disappearance of the youth ( …) There was a route, there were approaches with him, there were dialogues that were being carried out and they were very advanced.”
The death of Mario Casarrubias Salgado closes a federal government path for this character, key in the events that led to the disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa student teachers, to testify about those events that have not yet been clarified judicially.
For more information in Spanish:
Muere de Covid Mario Casarrubias Salgado, ligado al caso Ayotzinapa (La Jornada, 26 de julio de 2021)
Guerreros Unidos: Los Casarrubias, un clan marcado por el narco y la violencia(Proceso, 26 de julio de 2021)
Fallece por covid Mario Casarrubias, cofundador de Guerreros Unidos y ligado al caso Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 26 de julio de 2021)
Astillero (La Jornada, 28 de julio de 2021)
Murió por covid-19 hermano de ex líder de Guerreros Unidos (Milenio, 25 de julio de 2021)
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