Most violent week yet: 271 killings

Gang related killings set a new record last week: 271 deaths, including 85 on Friday alone (also the highest one day total). Among the dead:  the execution of 19 persons in a drug rehab center in Ciudad Juárez; the killings of 19 other persons in Juárez; and the discovery of 20 bodies each shot in in the head in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas.  The Ministry of Government issued a press release saying, “The largest part of the violent deaths are the result of traditional rivalries and the struggle waged by criminal organizations among themselves for control of territory. This dispute produces especially violent homicides, and generates hatreds that cause even more violent outbreaks.”  (Universal 6/13, Reforma 6/13, Segob 6/12)

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