Family: New Mexico teen killed in Ciudad Juarez

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico family is trying to unravel the mystery of how their 19-year-old grandson died in a troubled Mexico border town in gruesome fashion.

The family of Alejandro Kawaha, of Lovington, N.M., says he was killed in Ciudad Juarez, and his body was found stuffed in a car trunk, the Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://goo.gl/O5rmex).

Jorje Kawaha said his grandson had been stabbed multiple times in the neck, chest, arms and head. He said Kawaha was in Juarez visiting his mother and had received a late call March 1 to go out with a friend.

"The next morning they found his body stuffed in the car trunk," said the victim's grandmother, Graciela Torres.

Kawaha said a 28-year-old friend of his grandson was also found in the trunk.

The El Paso-born Alejandro Kawaha had lived in Lovington for nearly three years and worked for several area companies including Banta Oilfield Services and Ferguson Construction, according to the family.

No arrests have been made and the family does not know why Alejandro Kawaha was killed.

The family is trying to bring back the teen's ashes back to Lovington.

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