Sick satanic ritual: Group of friends 'kill pal in cult ceremony to turn him into vampire'
Tragic restaurant worker Edwin Juarez Palma, 24, died after being strangled, beaten, and slashed in the neck with a broken bottle.
The horrific crime happened near the regional congress building in Chihuahua in the north of Mexico.
A teenage girl named as 18-year-old student Iveth Lopez is among those being held.
The other two suspects were named as Gustavo Dorantes, 18, and Omar Sanchez, 25.
Police say Edwin, known as Piwa, was killed after being fooled into taking part in an initiation ceremony to become part of a satanic cult called the Sons of Baphomet 1.
Instead he was tortured after having his hands tied behind his back after one of the alleged killers persuaded the others their victim should be sacrificed so he could return to life as a vampire.
Police were alerted last Tuesday after his body was found abandoned in the street wrapped inside two plastic bags in what detectives believe was a botched attempt to pass the murder off as a drugs-related crime.
Officers found traces of the victim’s blood inside the cyber cafe, which belongs to the older of the two men being held, after obtaining a search warrant when a protected witness told them how Edwin had been killed.
The murder reportedly took place inside the toilets late at night and the killers are said to have used bleach to try to clean up the scene of the crime.
A fourth person described as the leader of the sect is on the run from police.
Police announced the arrests yesterday as they revealed details of the horrific crime.
Police chief Pablo Rocha said: “This crime took place during an initiation ceremony led by a satanic sect called Sons of Baphomet 1 during which the victim was supposed to become a vampire.
“All that’s left now to do is to arrest the leader of the sect whose name we have.”
Edwin’s sister Alicia, writing on social media sites after his funeral, said in a message to friends and relatives: “Don’t be sad. I know it hurts that he’s no longer with us. He’s my brother and we are his family and it hurst us more than anyone.
“But we have something that comforts us. He always had words for us when we felt down, words of encouragement.
“I know as his sister that he wouldn’t have wanted us to be sad about his departure.”
Staff at the cafe where he worked, Cafe 340 in Chihuahua, placed a black ribbon on the facade as a mark of respect.
One said: “He was an honest person who always tried to keep out of trouble. His interest in vampires was a hobby and nothing more.”
A local paper identified Iveth Lopez, the brunette arrested over Edwin’s murder, as a Facebook user who used the fake name Eleonor Malina and described herself as a trainee police officer.
The teenager used to use as her cover photo a heart with the message 'In a relationship with Satan' and published a series of satanic photos including several relating to the Nazis.
Her current cover photo is a disturbing modified version of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper painting with the twelve disciples covered in blood and a satanic-like figure in Jesus’ place standing over his corpse laid out on the table.
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