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Havana
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Staff reporter Brian Slodysko contributed.


Rolling Meadows teen's killing in Mexico sends dread through Mexican community
Some fear homeland's violence will prevent them from going back — even for a visit

Alexis Marron, slain last weekend in Mexico, is seen with his cousin Daniela… (Stacey Wescott, Chicago Tribune)
December 28, 2011|By Becky Schlikerman and Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune reporters

In a small town in western Mexico, Jazmin Reyes, 16, waited for her new boyfriend from the United States. She and Alexis Marron had been emailing each other for months, but when they finally met a few weeks ago, she said it was "love at first sight."

Marron, 18, a Rolling Meadows High School senior, had worked all summer so he could afford to visit relatives and see Reyes outside Guadalajara over Christmas. On Friday, he was driving with two friends to exchange Christmas gifts with her. He never made it.

Saturday morning, the charred remains of Marron and his two friends were found outside a remote ranch, in the trunk of a car that had been burned to a shell. Investigators could not explain what had happened. Relatives and friends were shocked by the seemingly random killing and could only blame it on the spreading scourge of violent crime in Mexico.

"We don't know what happened," Reyes said Tuesday. "I never expected this."

Such unthinkable crimes have sparked anxiety among some Mexican immigrants in the Chicago area, who fear they may never be able to return to their native country, even to visit.

Like many residents in the Coach Light Condominiums in Rolling Meadows, Marron's family came to the U.S. in the 1990s, friends said, following others from the small town of Quiringuicharo, some 90 miles southeast of Guadalajara in the state of Michoacan.

When they heard the terrible news, Marron's neighbors took up donations to help his grieving parents fly back to Mexico on Sunday to claim their son's remains. Unlit Christmas lights hung in the window of the family's condominium.

The Marrons usually returned to their native town to visit family and friends each Christmas. This year they couldn't afford to make the trip. But Alexis Marron was able to save enough money for the trip through his summer job as a runner at Mr. D's Sports Bar at Arlington Park, relatives said. On Dec. 3, he flew to Quiringuicharo to stay with his grandmother.

When he disappeared Friday, relatives made frantic phone calls in an effort to find him. Some gathered in the town square hoping for news.

By 7 a.m. Saturday, the victims' bodies were found in the nearby town of Ixtlan de los Hervores.

The other victims were identified by the Michoacan attorney general as Juan Pedro Estrada Osegueda and Raul Tellez Vazquez, 21, both of Quiringuicharo, though Tellez was originally from Los Angeles. They were found in a black 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis that belonged to Estrada, who was 24, according to Mexican news reports.

The town where the bodies were found is known for its hot springs but is far from the beaches that attract most of Mexico's tourists. The state of Michoacan has seen growing violence from drug cartels that has spread from near the country's border with the U.S.

Marron's uncle, Martin Zendejas, said through an interpreter that the family was in disbelief.

"We don't know what happened. He was a good boy, a good student, no drugs. He didn't run with gangs," said Zendejas, who speculated that Marron was robbed or mistaken for a drug trafficker.

Though the family had never felt in danger during previous visits to the area, the growing crime problem has prompted the increased presence of soldiers in the last couple of years, Zendejas said. He questioned why Mexican authorities seem unable to stop the violence. Though he still has a house in Quiringuicharo, he added, "I won't go back until they can control it."

Marron had competed in football and gymnastics at Rolling Meadows and had applied to several colleges, relatives said.

Daniela Zendejas said she was so close to her cousin that she considered Marron a brother. They often traveled together to Rolling Meadows High, where she is also a senior.

"He was a very nice kid," she said. "He was smiling all day. He was always positive, thinking of his family. He loved his nieces."

She added that she's now scared to go back to Mexico.

Yolanda Ibanez, a neighbor of the Marrons, said Alexis Marron was friendly and respectful, always holding the door for her. She said the family attended St. Colette Church in Rolling Meadows.

Marron had an American passport, and friends said he was a U.S. citizen.

His classmates set up a Facebook page in his memory, and they plan a memorial for him at his locker when school resumes Tuesday. They planned to wear red, his trademark color.

Lydia Antonio, spokeswoman for the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, said she could not comment on the homicide investigation. "We profoundly lament and are saddened by this incident, and stand by Alexis' family and loved ones over their loss," she said.

Around 2007, lurid details of Mexican drug violence scared off many Americans, and reports of police corruption, mass killings and death squads helped spur a nose dive in tourism. But some in the travel industry say the number of visitors is now rising as Americans understand the violence is generally concentrated away from top tourist destinations.

"Are there some people not traveling to Mexico? Yeah. But my perception is the vast majority of people are smart enough to be able to discern reality," said Catherine Banks, vice president of Legacy Travel in Chicago. "There are (crimes) that happen in Chicago too. It doesn't mean Chicago is a bad place to travel to."

Still, the U.S. State Department cautions tourists about traveling in Mexico, in particular to border states and Michoacan — areas hit hard by drug violence.

Staff reporter Brian Slodysko contributed.

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December 27, 2011   Janet Shan
 Alexis Marron, a Rolling Meadows High School senior, found burnt to death in central Mexico state of Michoacán, was visiting grandmother.








A Rolling Meadows High School student on a trip to visit family in Mexico was found dead in a burned car with two friends, relatives and friends said today.

Alexis Marron, 18, was on a trip to bring a Christmas present to a girl he knew in a town southeast of Guadalajara Friday when he disappeared, relatives said, and he and two friends were found dead in the car the next morning.

Mexican authorities confirmed that three bodies were found totally charred in the trunk of a compact car on Christmas Eve in Ixtlan de Los Hervores. Victor Jonathan Arredondo, a spokesman for the Procuradoria general de Justicia for Michoacan, could not immediately provide the identities of the bodies but said authorities were investigating the matter.

Ixtlan de Los Hervores, about 80 miles from Guadalajara, is a town known for its thermal water springs.


Alexis Marron, 18, a Rolling Meadows High School senior, was burned alive while visiting family in Mexico, NBC Chicago reports. Alexis Marron’s body was found along with the bodies of two men inside the trunk of a torched car in the central Mexican state of Michoacán Saturday, the Daily Herald reports.

    The teen was visiting his grandmother in Quiringüicharo, located in central Mexico, according to local police. The car belonged to a man giving Alexis a ride to visit his girlfriend, said a spokesperson for the Procuradori de Morelia, Michoacán. Source: NBC Chicago

This holiday season has been marred with tragedy across the globe. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Alexis Marron. No parent should have to go through this. A group of students at Rolling Meadows High School are planning an event in Alexis Marron’s honor. Another child gone far too early.





An 18-year-old student at a suburban Chicago high school was found dead in an apparent homicide over the weekend in Mexico, where he was visiting family, police said Monday.

Alex Marron and two other men were found dead in the trunk of a burned car in Michoacán, Mexico, the Daily Herald reports. Police say Marron was visiting relatives in the small town of Quiringüicharo in central Mexico.

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The families of the victims said none were involved in any kind of trouble, a police representative told NBC Chicago. The car's owner was reportedly driving Marron to visit his girlfriend.

Marron was halfway through his senior year at Rolling Meadows High School, ABC7 Chicago reports. Classmates currently on winter vacation have posted tribute videos on YouTube and set up memorial Facebook pages for Marron, one of which calls for a memorial service Jan. 3, when students return to school.

An investigation with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City is ongoing, but no suspects have been named.

Suburban Student Murdered in Mexico:


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Students at Rolling Meadows High School are planning to hold a memorial when they return to classes next month for a classmate whose body was among three found in a burned car along the side of a Mexican road over the weekend.

Alexis Marron, 18, a senior at the school, was in the Mexican state of Michoacán visiting his grandmother and other relatives for the Christmas holiday, family members in the Chicago area said.

Marron and two other family friends were driving to a town some 40 miles away from where the grandmother lived, in Quiringuicharo, when Mexican authorities said they were killed.

"It's hard for everyone right now because he was such a nice kid," said classmate Brandon Leo. "It's brutal. It's sick. Why him? Why would these people do that to such an innocent young person?"

Marron's cousin, Daniela Zendejas, said she believed they were victims of a robbery that turned violent.

"They didn't want to give up their stuff so they killed them," Zendejas said. "Right now, it's a bad country to go visit. Me, as a Mexican, I'm embarrassed right now."

Marron's uncle described his nephew as a good kid, a good student, a good son, and a good cousin.

"They robbed them of their dreams, the dreams of innocent young people that had nothing to do with anything," he said.

Mexican authorities confirmed that three bodies were found totally charred in the trunk of a compact car on Christmas Eve in Ixtlan de Los Hervores. Victor Jonathan Arredondo, a spokesman for the Procuradoria general de Justicia for Michoacan, could not immediately provide the identities of the bodies but said authorities were investigating the matter.

Ixtlan de Los Hervores, about 80 miles from Guadalajara, is a town known for its thermal water springs.

Seniors at Rolling Meadows High School said they're planning a memorial tribute -- Red in Remembrance of Alexis Marron -- for Tuesday, Jan. 3.

They're asking classmates to wear red that day in honor of his memory, and bring notes and photos to leave at his locker.

"Everyone's just incredibly shocked right now and horrified about how it happened," said senior Kyle Gentile.

Officials at both the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said Monday they were not aware of the slaying but would investigate, the Daily Herald reported.


No suspects are in custody, according to Mexican newspaper reports.

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not far from home. May he RIP....the violence affects tourists now? what else does mexico need before it asks for international help? for half the country to perish? sadly many people die daily and the government does not want to acknowledge it, this made news because he was from the U.S.
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Hey Durango
Probably you're right, we only know about this because he was an American high school student, visiting his Abuela delivering a package to his girlfriend and somehow ended burned to death in a trunk of a car.  The policeman last week in Juarez and this boy didn't deserve to die like that.  Burning to death is barbaric!  I hope these boys had died first.  Even if it tuns out, he was bad to the bone, no one should be subjected to death by burning.
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i agree being burned to death is horrible. DOubt he was much a badass, he probably got recruited and said no so they did him in. i know in dgo people are geting picked off left and right but there is no news only word of mouth. as rumor has it the tourists are reporting the happenings but the gov said dont say anything shhhhhh. sadly mexico does not realize the monster its trying to deal with, to proud to ask for help? nnnaaa it because the gov is the biggest narco.....
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Hey Durango hi- you haven't heard anything more about this kid down there have you?
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Wen,
Havent heard much this kid was just unfortunately at the wrong time at the wrong place. If he had been in trouble here it would be understandable but he was just an innocent bystander. Its horrible what happened to him, his family must be working class and just trying to take their kid on vacation, and this is how MX responds.
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Thanks for answering Durango. Yes, a working class family. He was proud because he would have been the first in his big family to graduate from high school.  Word is he worked all summer to save for the Christmas trip.  Another sad story.  I just don't understand this level of brutality over maybe traveling in the wrong area/mistaken identity/robbery?  Seems usually there is more to the story, but I don't think so in this case.  I hope not. I don't want him to be bad.  I've gotten a little attached I guess.
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I agree truly sad that he was in his family the first to finish and this happened. Well we can pretty much cross out the theory of him being in a cartel. The only thing plausible is either he was recruited and he saiid no along with the others or they people he was traveling with where somehow involved and he was just at wrong time and place. in my dealings in mx at the time ppl are in the buzzzz they take care of you by not riding with you etc a kinda sorta way of protecting you. ive seen it first hand and questioned it but now i understand why.
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