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He Was Kidnapped Just After Graduating From Medical School In Mexico And Can’t Remember Anything That Happened

There are multiple questions surrounding an Arkansas man who disappeared in Mexico following his graduation from medical school earlier this month. Jessy Pacheco, 29, was out celebrating with a friend in Guadalajara when officials say they were attacked and his friend killed. Officials presumed Pacheco was kidnapped after going missing for over a week back on June 15th. But according to CNN, he was seen last Friday on airport surveillance cameras leaving Mexico with his mother. The next day, his family didn’t say much about how he was found.

Jessy Pacheco says he doesn’t remember a thing about vanishing or what happened to his friend.

Pacheco arrived safe and returned to the U.S. over the weekend. Joined with his parents, he gave a press conference Sunday that raised many questions as to what happened in Mexico. According to Pacheco, he doesn’t have a clue how he went missing besides the celebration beforehand.

“I can’t recall anything,” Pacheco said at the press conference back home. “I mean, it was just a complete blackout. Graduation was amazing, all my family and friends were there. Next thing you know (I) blacked out and then ended up showing up back home.”

The celebration happened just hours after he graduated from medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.

Pacheco’s close friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot, and killed a block away from the bar where they were last seen.

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Authorities found Romero’s body two days later near the bar where both he and Pacheco were last seen together. Romero, who was also a medical school student and U.S. citizen, was reportedly attacked and fatally shot by a group equipped with an AK-47, according to the Jalisco attorney general’s office, NBC News reports.

“Carlos was a close friend of mine and I’m sorry it happened to him,” Pacheco said. “I would have taken his place, he didn’t deserve it.”

To this point, Pacheco says he didn’t know how many days he went missing or what happened to him after leaving the bar. He has also yet to speak with Mexican authorities since returning to back home to Arkansas.

“There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know,” Pacheco said.

There are still so many questions behind this disappearance and how Pacheco returned home.

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Many are wondering how Pacheco was found or if some information is being withheld from him or his family. On Sunday, his family would not elaborate or discuss how Pacheco was found after being presumed kidnapped.

“We don’t know who he was with, who had him,” Vilma Franco, Pacheco’s mother, said at the press conference. “We don’t know nothing.”

There are currently no suspects at this time but Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez told NBC News that investigators had believed Pacheco was kidnapped by the same group that killed his friend. But there has yet to be any arrests in connection with Romero’s death. The FBI is also being involved in the investigation of the case.

While there are still details to be sorted out, at this time, Pacheco’s family is just happy to have their son back home.

“I didn’t think I was going to be back home. I thought my life was over, but I’m home,” Pacheco said. “I’m just glad I’m home. A lot of people who are in these kinds of situations don’t get this opportunity. I thank God.”

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

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