The brutal deaths of three students has sent shockwaves throughout Mexico. This week, officials stated that the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel kidnapped three film students and allegedly later dissolved their bodies in acid. Now, media outlets are reporting that Mexican rapper and YouTube star Christian Omar Palma Gutiérrez – aka QBA – has confessed to dissolving the bodies of 25-year-old Salomon Aceves Gastelum, 20-year-Daniel Díaz, and 20-year-old Marco Avalos. QBA – who has nearly 300,000 followers across different platforms – is one of two people arrested in connection with the students’ deaths.

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“He has participated in three other previous murders,” chief investigator Lizette Torres told AFP. The rapper also reportedly said that for the last three months, he has worked for the Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) drug cartel, earning $159 a week. Earlier accounts state that the three students were last seen in Tonala after their car broke down. Roughly six people then kidnapped the young students, who CJNG confused for members of a rival gang.

Though some have expressed doubts over the information presented, others have taken to the streets to protest. On the internet, many chose to pay tribute to the three students. The film industry, in particular, has used their platform to shine a light on the case.

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