Tributes held for missing Australian surfers in Mexico and US
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 December, 2015 - Ceremonies were held globally this weekend to pay tribute to missing Australian surfers, Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman.
The two Australian tourists are presumed dead after two bodies were found in a burnt out van by the side of the road in Sinaloa Mexico, home to one of the country's most powerful drug cartels which shares the region's name.
The ceremonies in Australia, Mexico and the U.S. saw surfers paddle out and join hands in a circle. Coleman's parents told ABC it was a fitting tribute.
"The love and solidarity shown towards us as this time is heartwarming and a comfort so massive it cannot be fully explained by words," Coleman's parents said.
Using the hashtag #AdamandDean, family members and friends have asked those who attended ceremonies to share their photos with them via social media.
"We wanted to organise something to show the families and friends in Australia the shame, sympathy, the love and the respect," Mexico Surfing Federation President Alfonso Polidura Perez Luis Skeen de Alba told ABC.
“It’s critical to show the world another face of our country and our community, and make it clear that the majority of Mexico is not a violent land, and that the country and people do not live in fear, chaos or insecurity,” Skeen de Alba added.
Police have arrested three suspects who confessed to the crime.