In sad ritual, families of Mexico’s missing persons line up to give DNA samples

9/29/2016 Los Angeles Times

16119381735_c99334b290_b.jpgOn a recent Sunday, scores of families showed up at the Catholic Church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced in a working-class neighborhood of this vibrant port city.

They came not to attend services, but for a distinct purpose: to give blood for possible DNA matches with human remains recently unearthed in a suspected dumping ground for murder victims on the northern fringes of Veracruz. Police technicians were taking the blood samples.

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