Family Massacred in Acapulco
August 9th 2012 · 5 Comments
Ruthless violence continues in the Mexican port city of Acapulco. What was at one time a vibrant tourist city, is now an epicenter in the drug war. Multiple cartels are fighting for the valuable port which is used to bring in cocaine from South America, as well as methamphetamine precursors from Asia.
According to the DEA’s most recent cartel map, the Beltran-Leyva Cartel runs the Acapulco port. However the Knights Templars, Sinaloa Cartel, and smaller gangs all operate in the region.
Violence has been steady in the city for over 5 years. It has even made the worlds most dangerous cities in the worlds list.
The bodies of five people, at least four of them members of the same family, were found Wednesday in the suburban zone of the port of Acapulco, in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero, the state attorney general’s office announced.
Officials with the state AG’s office told Efe that about 8 a.m. (1300 GMT) authorities received a telephone call saying that bodies were lying near a corner on Loma Bonita St. in the Ampliacion Cinco de Mayo neighborhood.
Law enforcement personnel were dispatched to the scene and found four bodies, all with bullet wounds, among them that of a man about 30 years of age and identified as Joel Macario.
The other three bodies were those of two women about 20 and 30 years old and a child of about 3, all members of the Nava Hernandez family.
Police collected 17 9mm bullet casings and a .38 caliber shell, along with two deformed bullets and six bullet fragments, all of which were taken for study.
Some 10 meters (yards) from the spot where the four bodies were lying, in a house undergoing structural work and with its doors open, police found the body of another woman bearing fatal bullet wounds. She was identified as Mayeli Nava, 25.
According to the sources, a young girl was grazed by a bullet while walking near the site with her aunt while the massacre was under way. The girl is now being treated at a nearby hospital.
The state AG’s office opened an investigation into the shootings, but so far authorities have not mentioned any possible motives for the multiple murder. EFE
A version of this column originally appeared in hellonearthblog.com.
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By K. Mennem