Michoacán crime scene: one of many on the weekend. Michoacán crime scene: one of many on the weekend.

Michoacán weekend: 18 murder victims

Warring cartels leave their calling cards: victims of assassination

It was a weekend of violence and grisly discoveries in Michoacán: between Friday and Sunday state authorities found the bodies or remains of 18 murder victims.


The state Attorney General’s office said the bodies of three as yet unidentified men were located yesterday in an advanced stage of decomposition next to a highway between the municipalities of Puruándiro and Huandacareo.

A further three cadavers with gunshot wounds were subsequently found near the Puruándiro municipal dump in the town of Batuecas.

Security authorities also found a human head that was left on the corner of two main streets in the center of Jacona, a municipal seat located near the state’s borders with Jalisco and Guanajuato.

The dismembered body of another unidentified person was discovered inside plastic bags in the neighboring municipality of Tangancícuaro.

Authorities have also opened investigations into the homicide of a woman whose body was found in Tocumbo.

The corpse of a man showing signs of torture and with his hands tied together was also found yesterday wrapped inside a blanket in a landfill site in the state capital Morelia.


In addition, a young man was shot and killed yesterday in the center of the city of Zamora, while an elderly man was beaten to death in Tacámbaro.

On Friday, two bodies — each with several gunshot wounds — were found on the edge of a highway between the towns of Pátzcuaro and Salvador Escalante near a well-known avocado plantation.

Also on Friday, one person was killed and another wounded during an attack on a road near Jicalán in the municipality of Uruapan. Another person was also killed in Uruapan in a separate incident.

A shop owner in the municipality of Múgica in the state’s Tierra Caliente region was shot and killed Friday while authorities discovered yet another body of a man with signs of torture and gunshot wounds in Apatzingán.

The Pacific coast state was Mexico’s seventh most violent in 2017, with a total of 1,260 homicides, and statistics from the National Public Security System show that 2018 is following a similar trend.

Complete figures for February will not be available until next month, but there were 103 intentional homicides in Michoacán in January.

That figure made the state Mexico’s eighth most violent for the first month of the year behind Baja California, Guerrero, México state, Guanajuato, Chihuahua, Veracruz and Jalisco. Most of the Michoacán homicides were committed with firearms.

According to state security authorities, a turf war between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Nueva Familia Michoacana is largely responsible for the violence.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • zihuarob

    The only winners in the WAR ON DRUGS are the arms manufacturers and the funeral homes.

    • Legalizing drugs for adults would make most of this vanish. No-brainer.

      • cooncats

        Agree but then they would turn to direct crime against the people, highway robbery, extortion, kidnapping, robbery, car jacking, all forms of banditry. Mexico needs to recognize it is in a shooting war with the criminal element and shoot to kill on sight. It isn’t possible to build enough jails to hold all of them and the jails leak like sieves here. Maybe the answer is set up a criminal colony in the middle of the ocean like the Brits did with the Aussies.

        • zihuarob

          Legalization means the criminals would have to run their businesses without 10 million dollars for every million the government can spend on fighting crime. It would allow the government to get a handle on organized crime. I also trust the good citizens to keep lynching enough of the bastards to help keep a lid on the kettle. Until the military stepped in, the autodefensas were winning the war on the organized criminals of Michoacán. They had all but finished up with the Templarios in Apatzingán when the military came in and shot up a bunch of autodefensas and civilians. Peña Nieto showed his hand by stepping in to protect the narcos.

          • cooncats

            Good points and I hope you are right. We would like to stay here but are increasingly concerned about the deteriorating security environment and the explosion of corruption. Mexico took a big step backwards when they elected Peña Nieto.

  • Güerito

    There were at least 21 deaths reported in neighboring Guanajuato over the weekend, including 15 bodies found in a five hour period Saturday night.

    Battle between groups of pipeline thieves.

  • Narcos doing what narcos do.

  • WestCoastHwy

    With all the desperados now accumulating in Mexico from USA deportations and illegal Central and South American immigrants, Mexico is become more of a Cesspool than a Sh*thole country.

    • Ivan Martinez

      Your ass must be so jealous of your mouth from all the shit that comes out of it lol

      • WestCoastHwy

        Hello Narco wanna be!

    • zihuarob

      Ignorant racist, you haven’t a friggin’ clue what you’re talking about. Don’t forget to wipe you sh*thole after speaking.

      • WestCoastHwy

        I believe you’re Mexican?…….But hey, don’t fret, Guadalupe will save you.