The story of Mark Kilroy, the springbreaker that never returned from Tamaulipas back in the 80s


Mark Kilroy was a 21-year-old University of Texas student when he went on a spring break trip in March 1989 to the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the same region where the four American tourists were recently kidnapped. 

Kilroy suffered a similar fate. He was abducted, tortured, and murdered as part of a human sacrifice ritual by a Mexican cult. 

His body was found in April 1989 in a mass grave.

Kilroy’s friend, Ryan Fenley, has said in interviews since then that Americans should be careful when traveling for spring break.

“We were planning this big spring break extravaganza. We were going to meet new people, go drinking across the border, flirt and have a good time,” Fenley told a writer for Sam Houston State University in 2014, while he was teaching there. 

“College students today weren’t born at that time, so they don’t know about this case. But, they need to know the severity of it — how big it was.”

Source: University of Texas

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