Alexandra Morales was last seen alive on October 30th after attending a concert – she was reported missing by concerned family members on November 5th and her boyfriend has now been arrested
A young teacher was found dead in a rental car a few days after he disappeared while on vacation in Mexico.
On November 9, the body of Alexandra Morales, 24, was found on the roadside in Guadalajara, and her boyfriend has since been arrested.
Morales, who taught at an elementary school in Georgia, USA, was last seen on October 30 when she attended a concert by the Codiciado band in Telmex, five miles outside of Guadalajara.
Fidel Barragan, 28, was subsequently arrested by Mexican authorities and charged with enforced disappearance – but local officials have not ruled out more serious charges, including murder, from being brought.
He is due to appear in court in Mexico on Friday.
Morales’s uncle, Ostin Cuenca, told local media that Barragan’s arrest was just the beginning, claiming that others may have played a role in her death. He called on the US authorities to follow up his niece’s case to ensure justice is served.
Cuenca said that after Morales attended the concert on October 30, her family tried to contact her but their phone was turned off.
She was officially reported missing by family members on November 5.
Benefield Elementary School principal Shonda Gipson-Stevens told US media that Morales took a personal vacation in October but did not return to her classroom as planned last week.
After learning of Morales’ death, Gipson-Stevens sent a letter to the children’s parents to convey the tragic news.
It read: “We know this loss affects many in our school community and we want to support our students and staff during this difficult time.
“Our counselors are here to listen, speak, help with the questions, and help with the emotions that come with this type of loss.”
Mother Maria Palacios told a US news source that her six-year-old daughter burst into tears when she heard her teacher was not coming back.
She said her child had a special affinity for Morales because she was their first bilingual teacher.
“It was very important to her to have a bilingual Latina teacher,” said Palacios.
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“She was the first teacher she personally identified with, and it was the first teacher my daughter said, ‘I want to be a teacher, like Ms. Morales.'”
A friend of Morales’ started a GoFundMe campaign to help her family with recent issues.
“Alexa was adored by her parents and loved by her two brothers,” wrote Gabriela Rojas in the description.
“She was passionate about adventure and she loved traveling around the world. She was the most caring teacher for all of her students and her first grade babies will miss her dearly.”