/ Modified sep 30, 2019 1:35 p.m.

In Mexico, thousands commemorate 5th anniversary of disappeared students

Outrage continues over the unsolved crime that led to the disappearance of 43 college students from Guerrero.

MEXICO CITY — Thousands marched in downtown Mexico City on Thursday to commemorate the disappearance of 43 college students who were traveling by bus in the southern state of Guerrero.

Demonstrators marched onto Mexico City's central square. The common sentiment is outrage over one of the most notorious crimes in Mexico's recent history still being unsolved. Investigators have previously said the students were killed and their bodies burned — though they’ve never been found.

Still, parents of the 43 students from the southern state of Guerrero said they were hopeful.

"I believe in this new president," said Maria de Jesús Tlatempa, whose son Jose Eduardo was kidnapped at the age of 18.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office last year, met with Tlatempa and other parents this month. He vowed to have the attorney general investigate government officials accused of botching the investigation.

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