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SFA raises awareness for 43 missing students in Mexico

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

These Mexican citizens are not celebrating the Mexican Revolution today, but violently protesting the mass disappearance of 43 students from the college of Ayotzinapa.

"We're here to promote and raise awareness of the mass disappearance in Mexico,"said Ruben Avila, VP of Organization of Latin Americans.

The families and community demand answers which they have yet to receive. authorities have reported that remains of burned bodies and bones found near a river might have belonged to the students. The picture painted of exactly what happened the the students is still unclear.

Authorities say it's difficult to identify the bodies they found because they were burned so badly.

"Not everybody is informed about it. This is a very hidden event, tragedy really,"said Avila

Today SFA's Organization of Latin Americans came together to show their support, and encourage the rest of the student body to do the same.

"Students can realize that these are students just like we are. We're here to educate ourselves and become better and receive a higher education and that's really what they were doing,"said Avila.

The organization held pictures of the missing students, wrote letters expressing their hope, and even wore t-shirts symbolizing the phrase 'no more blood.'

Avila says they've been using the phrase "vivos se los llevaron, vivos los queremos" meaning "they were taken alive, we want them back alive.

"These are families that are mourning the loss of their children. They don't know anything. There is no confirmation,"said Avila.

 He says he believes the protests and demand for change after this tragedy is a huge step for Mexico.

"They're finally speaking up for themselves making a change for the people,"said Avila.

Until justice is restored and the truth is unveiled in Mexico, the organizations says all they can do is raise awareness and keep hope for the students of Ayotzinapa.

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