Mexicans Look For Missing After Mass Graves Found At least 116 bodies have been discovered in mass graves over the last week in San Fernando, in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Hundreds of people have come to check if a missing relative or friend is among the dead. The local Catholic bishop says gangs are terrorizing the area.
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MELISSA BLOCK, Host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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NPR's Jason Beaubien reports from the border city of Matamoros.

JASON BEAUBIEN: At the morgue in Matamoros, mostly it's mothers who come searching for their missing sons.

MARIA BARRERA ZAPATO: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: Maria Barrera Zapato says tomorrow, it will be one month since her son, Ramon, disappeared. Barrera says the 29-year-old left his house in the middle of the day to walk to the store. No one has heard from him since. Barrera says each moment of her day is painful.

BARRERA ZAPATO: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: Local officials have set up tents in front of the building to shelter people from the sun. Barrera says she just wants to know what happened to Ramon.

BARRERA ZAPATO: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: The bishop says even he's been stopped and detained by the criminals who set up checkpoints on the local highways.

FAUSTINO ARMENDARIZ: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: Bishop Armendariz says even priests are afraid of driving around Tamaulipas.

ARMENDARIZ: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: Back at the morgue, Maria Guadalupe just submitted samples for a DNA test to see if any of the remains - some of which are badly decomposed - are those of her 33-year-old son, Jose Alberto.

MARIA GUADALUPE: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: He's been missing for seven months and 16 days, she says.

GUADALUPE: (Foreign language spoken)

BEAUBIEN: Jason Beaubien, NPR News, Matamoros.

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