POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 6:41am
We are coming up on the 20th anniversary of the murder of University of Texas student Mark Kilroy. Police say he along with close to 40 people were killed by a Mexican cult.
In March of 1989 Mark went on spring break like any normal college student to South Padre Island.
On March 13th Mark went with a group of friends over the border to Matamoros.
The following day his friends called Mark's parents and told him that he had disappeared.
His concerned parents called authorities to report his son's disappearance. They contacted the Cameron County Sheriff Department and Chief Investigator George Gavito.
It had been several days and no site of Mark, but investigators including Customs Agents got a lead when they pulled over Serafin Hernandez who went through a road block. he was driving with 250-pounds of marijuana. It led investigators to a ranch. There they arrested Hernandez and they took the caretaker of the ranch as well. The care taker told authorities Hernandez and several others kidnapped Kilroy and tied him up. Police then questioned hernandez.
"Serafin Hernandez thought Contanzo which is the godfather, which we found later was the head of the cult, and he thought he would walk into the office and just pull him, rescue him and take him out, was his believe. They did not have to hit him to get a confession, he told them yes, he's buried, we killed him."
Later investigators found Kilroy's body on April 11th along with a total of 14 other bodies at the ranch. Investigators say Adolfo Contanzo and his drug cult were practicing Palo Mayombe.
"In the early years in Africa, they would do human sacrifice this guy thought if an animal sacrifice is powerful, humans would a lot better, so he started killing people. He needed it to give to the ingonga, being the pot they worshipped, to give it strength, and for them, to give him power and the group power."
Cult members thought they were invisible. In total law enforcement say they believe that 37 people were murdered at the ranch by Contanzo Sara Aldrete, and several other cult members.
Since those tragic murders across the border 20 years ago, the Kilroy's have written a book of all the events that have unfolded, and started the Mark Kilroy Foundation where the proceeds collected from the book go towards preventing those who are drug addicts.
Today the Kilroy's a very religious family know their son is a better place, heaven.
Today Contanzo is no longer alive, there are several different stories on how he died. Sara Aldrete remains in Mexico City in jail serving her 45 year sentence.
Here is the link to the Mark Kilroy Foundation: