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Sonoran Authorities ID Body Of Missing Yaqui Activist Tomas Rojo

Sonoran authorities have confirmed the identity of recently found remains as those of a Yaqui leader and activist.

Tomás Rojo went missing in southern Sonora in late May, and remains were found in the Yaqui community of Vícam last week. Sonoran authorities now say DNA tests confirm that the body is his.

Alberto Vizcarra said what he and others are demanding is that “what the (Mexican President) ordered be carried out,” specifically that the case not end in impunity for those responsible.

Vizcarra, a member of the Citizen’s Movement for Water, was a close friend of Rojo’s, and they worked together opposing the Independence Aqueduct.

He recalled Rojo as a capable and committed defender of his community’s access to water, and he hopes the tragedy serves as an inflection point. And an opportunity for reflection on how to reestablish peace and dialogue.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.