The bodies of three Mennonites, victims of weekend violence, were found in this truck. The bodies of three Mennonites, victims of weekend violence, were found in this truck.

Nearly 50 killed in weekend of violence

Numbers are adding up to make 2017 the most violent on record

A spate of armed attacks across several states left close to 50 people dead over the weekend, further adding to an already alarmingly high 2017 death toll that is likely to make this year Mexico’s most violent of the past two decades.

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Guerrero saw the worst of it: 17 homicides occurred in the state where where six of the victims were found in a clandestine grave in Acapulco. The other 11 fatalities were caused by shootings in both the port city and other municipalities including Técpan de Galeana and Alcholoa.

Sixteen people were killed in Baja California Sur on Friday and Saturday including a one-year-old infant who was caught in the crossfire in an attack at a restaurant in the state capital La Paz. It brought the number of people killed in the state last week to 35.

A further seven murders were recorded in the northern border state of Chihuahua.

Counted among the dead were three bullet-riddled bodies found in the back of an abandoned pick-up truck with New Mexico license plates in the municipality of Riva Palacio. The victims were members of the Mennonite community.

Another two people were shot dead at a party in Ciudad Juárez.

In San Luis Potosí, the owner of a cantina in the state capital found two people dead when he arrived to clean the venue at approximately 11:30am yesterday, police reported.

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Violence also hit the border city of Tijuana in Baja California.

Attacks on a bar in the downtown area and a seafood restaurant in the southeast of the city left four dead and 10 wounded, according to the municipal Secretariat of Public Security. The perpetrator of the bar attack was arrested and taken into custody.

A 22-year-old man was also fatally wounded by gunfire in Tlalnepantla, México state.

The wave of violence over the weekend added to a record high death toll that is set to exceed Mexico’s previous annual record, registered in 2011 when former President Felipe Calderón was waging a war against drug cartels.

In the first nine months of this year, 18,505 homicides were recorded, according to statistics from the Interior Secretariat. The figure equates to more than 68 murders per day, six higher than the 62 per day recorded in 2011.

Several months and quarters of 2017 have been among Mexico’s most violent in the last 20 years including record high numbers for intentional homicides in May that was promptly relegated to second place after even higher numbers were recorded in June.

Rising crime has also affected popular tourist destinations including Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and Cancún, Quintana Roo, leading the United States Department of State to issue an updated travel warning in August.

With just over two months until the end of 2017, this year is set to become not only the bloodiest in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s six-year term but also the most violent since records were made publicly available in 1997.

Source: El País (sp), Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)

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  • Fester N Boyle

    Mexico is a lawless country, a failure where the elite live in compounds behind armed guards. There is no rule of law, and the citizens live under control of narco gangs. Mexico has committed acts of war against the US by aiding entry of Central American illegals and meddling in the national and TX elections. The US should take over Mexico entirely and impose law and order, and failing that the US should seize the northern band of states and repatriate the millions of Mexican people that have already fled for their safety into that area.

    Lefties can cry that it’s about the oil.

    • Phillip Trimbath

      The United States is not capable of taking over Mexico or any portion of it.
      Portions of Mexico are controlled by “narco gangs” large parts of the country are not. If you did research you would not appear to be so terribly ignorant, my little trumpflake.

      • Fester N Boyle

        The US should build the wall, but on the southern border of Mexico’s northern band of states. From Reynosa/Monterey to Mazatlan perhaps and include Baja. Imposing US culture and law & order, and resettling the 10’s of millions of Mexicans being hosted in the US illegally due to Mexican govt. failure and corruption.

        We can leave the Mexicans to thieve from each other south of there still and have a new Mexi-centric people like the US but as a buffer zone.

        Your Trump derangement entertains me.

        • Charliej

          People like you are proof that American really are the dumbest bastards in the world. First you elect that moron Trump, then you want to invade Mexico. Ignorant American trash.

          • Fester N Boyle

            Mexico has already invaded the US so turnabout is fair moonbat.

          • Charliej

            Mexicans would not be in the US unless business wanted them there. Americans are too damned lazy to pick there own food, so Mexicans are imported to do the job. Then idiot Trump supporters whine and cry about it. As far as the US invading Mexico, there is no situation that the US can not get involved in and make it worse.

          • BB

            Now that your right-wing wacko @$$ has lost control of the original slave workforce you had a few centuries ago, you’re looking for a fresh batch to do your work. Unfortunately slavery is outlawed in in the 21st century. So you’re just going to have to do your own hard work this time.

          • Charliej

            Are you out of your frigging mind? I don’t live in the US. I live in Mexico.

          • Bonnie G

            I think the wall is being built on the wrong border. We in the US should keep out the Canadians. They stream across the border to use our resources, take up the campsites and crowd out the locals in the resort areas. I am on a campaign now to get the US government and states to charge Canadians more for the use of our facilities.

          • Happy Girl

            I hope you are joking??? Although, we Canadians too love to joke about keeping Americans out of Canada..to us it’s just a joke. Tourism in both countries employs thousands of people and the interaction between cultures is a good thing. Hubby and I live in a beautiful tourist town on the lake in Ontario Canada and we welcome visitors from around the world. More 100,000+ American are shot each year in the USA from guns. I feel safer in Canada and Mexico than in the USA and with the turmoil in the states ( 5 Canadians lost their lives in Las Vegas) we personally have no desire to visit…we spend our winters/dollars in Mexico instead of Florida. P.s. Canada buys more of your products than you buy of ours…so make the USA less desirable to visit and unfriendly to trade with and see how that works for you. Americans are welcome to visit just leave your guns at home…You might learn something.

          • Bonnie G

            Ah, I see. You are Canadian. I am always so afraid that Mexicans will mistake me for the rude, provincial, non tipping, non-Spanish speaking Canadian. It is my worst fear. But, to address this issue, I think El Chapo should be released – or allowed to escape – to get the cartels under control.

        • Phillip Trimbath

          Your cowardice in not using your name amuses me. Also, your incredible stupidity is a lot of fun, too.

    • WestCoastHwy

      I gave it an up because I love people from Texas!

  • Vernon King

    No the US should not invade Mexico. What a stupid thing to say.

    • Bonnie G

      You do know that the US has invaded Mexico in the past, right?

  • Mason

    Failed State.

  • Happy Girl

    Heads up…the image of Mennonites as peace loving, buggy driving religious folk is a thing of the past…they are now involved in the drug trade…along with being the major supplier of puppies from their puppy mills in the USA, they are seen as just another farm animal – livestock. So dead Mennonites in a shot up truck at the side of the road…the shock, the shock of it! Mexico is a tough place to make a living farming.

    • WestCoastHwy

      I bought my Brittany from a Mennonite couple in the northwest, he was an ex-biker from South San-Fran and drove a truck for a living (true story). Mennonite are very resourceful and imagine that they are growing some serious super skunk weed in the States; some killer Humboldt County – BC Bud sh*t.

    • Bonnie G

      Really? They breed puppies and so they were killed? I don’t for one second believe they are involved in the drug trade. They are not stupid people.

      • Happy Girl

        No…what I am saying is that the picture of the peace loving religious Mennonite has been tarnished in Mexico because they are now involved in the drug trade which is most likely the reason they were shot and killed. The comment about puppy mills is that I watched a documentary on puppy mills in the USA and they are the main suppliers of puppies to pet stores. In Canada there have been several articles on the Mennonite involvement in the Mexican drug trade in our newspapers…I too didn’t want to believe it. Do you think only stupid people are involved in the drug trade?

  • WestCoastHwy

    Where were the cameras, those would of been very entertaining scenes to watch. What happened to a handshake and a signed contract?

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