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Two journalists found dead in Mexico City

By Samuel Santamaria, CNN
  • The women both worked for the weekly newsmagazine "Contralinea"
  • The bodies, which showed signs of strangulation, were behind a cemetery

(CNN) -- The apparently strangled bodies of two women who worked for a weekly newsmagazine in Mexico City were found Thursday morning in a suburb south of the city, officials said.

The bodies of Ana Marcela Yarce Viveros, 48, and Rocio Gonzalez Trapaga, 48, were found by police behind a cemetery in the capital's southern suburb of Iztapalapa, the city's Special Investigation Police Unit said in a statement.

Yarce was working as public relations manager and co-founder of the magazine "Contralinea," and Gonzalez was a freelancer for the magazine who had worked as a reporter for the television station Televisa, the magazine said in a statement. Gonzalez also operated a currency exchange business in the capital, it said.

Mexico City's attorney general's office said in a statement that the bodies were found around 7 a.m. and that both appeared to have been strangled. Forensics tests were being carried out, said the statement.

In a communique, Contralinea asked the authorities to investigate and bring to justice those responsible.

During Thursday's session, the Mexican House of Representatives observed a moment of silence in honor of the journalists.

Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said he would personally supervise the investigations.