Sunday, June 16, 2024

80 murders in just a few hours on Friday, Saturday

There were at least 70 murders committed in 14 states on Friday and Saturday, not taking into account 11 bags of human remains found in Jalisco.

The highest number of murders were in Guanajuato, where 15 people died violent deaths, including six in the city of León. In 2018, Guanajuato was the most violent states in Mexico, registering the highest number of homicides and the second-highest homicide rate after Colima.

In Oaxaca, nine people were killed in the municipality of Tuxtepec in less than 24 hours. Eight of the victims were found in plastic bags, while another had been decapitated. Another person was murdered in the city of Juchitán.

There were 10 victims in Guerrero, including Omar Justo Vargas, former mayor of the municipality of Azoyu. An entire family was also killed in an Acapulco public housing unit, including a father, mother, daughter and mother-in-law. Some sources told El Universal that the father killed the family before committing suicide, while others said that armed men had chased the man back to his home before killing him and his family.

A shooting in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, early Saturday morning killed four people, while four were also killed in Jalisco. At least 17 people were murdered Nuevo León, Morelos, Veracruz, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, México state and Baja California. In Mexico City, a former city legislator was shot in his car in the borough of Tláhuac.

Meanwhile, 11 bags of human remains were found over the weekend in a waste canal in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Jalisco. Forensic scientists were working to identify the victims.

The first four months of 2019 was more violent than the same period of any other year on record, with 11,221 homicides. Since President López Obrador took office on December 1, 14,510 people have been murdered.

Source: El Universal (sp), Proceso (sp), Radio Formula (sp)

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