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TIJUANA – There is more evidence in the case of the firefighter originally from Los Angeles, California, who disappeared in Tijuana on August 20, revealed the Baja California Attorney General’s Office.

The Baja California central prosecutor said they are waiting to have contact with the family this Monday, to give them the details of these advances in the investigation that unfortunately have not yet been enough to locate the American firefighter, Francisco Aguilar, who is confirmed is still missing in Tijuana.

The prosecution said that the discovery of a criminal cell in Rosarito, who participated in the kidnapping of a farmer in that municipality, on September 4, could be related to the forced disappearance of this firefighter, so they are now investigating whether they could be in connection with those responsible.

So they have implemented new scientific strategies such as genetic profiles, bloodstains, and the analysis of objects located outside and inside Aguilar’s residence, to achieve their location.

“Advances obtained today, the relatives will be informed first and then the media, it is possible that they have a connection with the firefighter issue, we are analyzing it, we are still not totally sure that they had any participation in it, “said Hiram Sánchez, central prosecutor in Baja California.

The prosecution added that during the investigations they have not identified more stolen objects within Aguilar’s property, and the only valuables that they did not identify in the residence in the city limits of Tijuana and Rosarito, were two vehicles that they presume carried the responsible for this disappearance, a Jeep type and a motorcycle.

The Mexican authorities reviewed the security camera and confirmed that a violent incident occurred on the property where Francisco Aguilar was located.

Meanwhile, Aguilar’s family has asked the authorities in Mexico to find the father and loved one, as well as the population, for their collaboration to identify him.

The prosecution reported that until this Monday, they are looking for the firefighter alive, and they have not exhausted the investigations together with the Public Ministry to find his whereabouts.

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US Latino Civil Rights Group Moves 2021 Convention Online

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latino civil rights group in the U.S., has decided to move its 2021 national convention online amid concerns and health orders caused by COVID-19.

The board of directors of the group, known as LULAC, voted Saturday to hold a virtual gathering for members instead of its planned July gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The state currently limits the number of people at large gatherings and LULAC national conventions typically attract thousands of activists.

“Due to the uncertainty of this pandemic, New Mexico at the present time cannot hold meetings with more than 10 people and we will not know when this threat will subside,” LULAC treasurer Pablo Martinez said in a statement on Facebook.

The move to a virtual convention means the 90-year-old organization won’t hold elections and that members will not vote on any measures or resolutions next year because current rules require members to be physically present.

The group still plans to hold a national convention in Albuquerque in 2023 because the city and the LULAC's local chapters made financial commitments to hold an event in the city. The 2022 convention in Puerto Rico also remains scheduled, Martinez said.

LULAC spokesman David Cruz said the organization believes this is the first time the group will not hold an in-person annual convention in its history. LULAC national conventions and gatherings have attracted presidents, presidential candidates, and international leaders.

In November 1963, a LULAC gala in Houston hosted President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy the night before his assassination.

Kennedy addressed the crowd in a speech is believed to be the first time a sitting U.S. president acknowledged the Latino vote.

Founded in 1929 by Mexican American World War I veterans, LULAC has been involved in crucial school desegregation and civil rights cases involving Hispanics. In recent years, LULAC has criticized President Donald Trump and his immigration policies.

This year, LULAC has expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement and for removing monuments offensive to Native Americans and African Americans.


Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ Race and Ethnicity Team. Follow him on Twitter at:

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