Six people were murdered in a recent 24-hour period beginning Tuesday afternoon in Juarez. One victim was a woman in her 30s who has not yet been identified. The story says she was leaving her house for work. I don’t know exactly where all of the locations are in the city, but the six cases seem scattered in various places from the far eastern area (Zaragoza) to the central commercial district (a bar in a shopping mall near Ave. De la Raza y López Mateos) to poor barrios on the west side (colonia Franja del Río). The article indicates that no arrests were made in any of these cases.
The total number of homicides for the month of August now stands at 25.
En Un Día, Asesinan A 6 En La Ciudad (El Diario)
Update 3:32 PM August 21, 2014:
Chihuahua Governor Duarte said that Juarez has gone a full year with NO kidnappings reported. He was in the city for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the maquiladora association, now known as Index. Considering that national statistics show kidnappings on the rise, it is hard to believe that there have not been any kidnappings in Juarez. As most reports have indicated, less than 10% of kidnappings even get reported to authorities. Duarte was asked about the 6 murders reported yesterday in the city and he said it was normal for such upturns to occur and that the tendency is toward the reduction of homicides. -Molly
Tiene Juárez Un Año Sin Secuestros, Dice El Gobernador (El Diario)
There were 39 homicides in Juarez during July and a total of 270 murders so far in 2014–an average of 1.7 murders per day. In the same period in 2013, there were 276 homicides, so 2014 is only slightly less violent in terms of this crime. For all of the years 1993-2007, the daily average was about 0.7 murder victims per day.
Monthly tallies: Jan 32; Feb 41; Mar 40; Apr 35; May 52; Jun 31; Jul 39 for 7-month total of 270.
Also below, Proceso reports that Zacatecas reporter Nolberto Herrera Rodríguez was beaten to death in his home… Government investigators are reporting that the murder was a crime of passion relating to his sexual orientation. The Article 19 organization for the defense of freedom of expression demanded that the PRI government in Zacatecas provide protection for journalists and to fully investigate the case and not to dismiss the possibility that the crime was related to his profession.
Terminó Mes De Julio Con 39 Asesinatos (El Diario)
Matan A Reportero (El Diario)
There was a shootout today in downtown Juarez near the Santa Fe bridge leaving one municipal policeman dead and a young girl seriously injured. Border Patrol agents pursued several other Juarez police involved in the shooting… A more detailed version in El Diario also posted below…
Yesterday, a used car dealer in Juarez was shot to death… With the killing of the policeman today, there have been at least 29 homicides so far in July in Juarez. -Molly
One Mexican Police Officer Dead, Other Injured In Juárez Shootout (updated) – El Paso Times
Fallece Policía Herido Durante Tiroteo En La Zona Centro – El Diario
Ejecutan De 10 Balazos A Lotero – El Diario
Yesterday, El Diario ran a special report on seven of the most shocking multi-homicides that occurred between 2008 and 2013. There are a lot of photos and it is worth exploring online… And just for some perspective, there were 25 massacres in the city (massacre defined as more than 6 victims in one incident) between 2008 and 2013. I posted that full story below from the Frontera List archive for more details.
La Muerte Aún Tiene Memoria ‘En Cuanto Oscurece, Sale El Miedo’ (El Diario)
From The Frontera List Archive… (the story is still online at the link below)
Cimbran a Juárez 25 Masacres En Cinco Años (El Diario)
By all means, let’s INCREASE military and security payouts to corrupt military and police in Central American countries. Remember that the murder rate in Ciudad Juarez exploded to nearly 300 homicides per 100,000 people AFTER the Plan Merida inspired military surge into the state of Chihuahua… Honduras already has a murder rate of 100… And the city of San Pedro Sula’s murder rate approaches 200. More guns, helicopters and training for police who already are experts at torture thanks to US military advisers and they may surpass Mexico in murderousness. The victims? Poor people. The result? An ever greater EXODUS of refugees showing up at the border. -molly
Honduran President Wants a ‘Plan Colombia’ for Central America (Pan-American Post)
Posted in Border Crossing, Ciudad Juárez, Corruption, Immigration, Mexico, murder, Murder rate, US Defense, Violence
Tagged Central America, Colombia, honduras, San Pedro Sula
I am not certain, but I believe this new story from the AP is a rare follow-up to this initial report of a shootout that took place on June 30. The original story says it happened in Michoacan while the new story is in a small town in Estado de Mexico. There are corresponding details–the “gang” consisted of 21 men and one woman–that lead me to believe this is the same incident.
In all of my efforts (and those of many others) to track the death toll in Mexico during the past 7 years, it is very rare that any information is released on the numbers of military deaths. Years ago, there was one odd report of a death toll of about 200 soldiers–this in contrast to a civilian death toll at the time of nearly 100,000. I could be wrong, but I do not think there is ever any official reporting on deaths in the Mexican military. And as this AP story notes, there are many incidents reported in which the army encounters what are reported to be “gangs of criminals” and kills them all–no witnesses and few or no military casualties noted…
“The shootout was the most dramatic in a string of battles in which the army says criminals fired first at soldiers who then killed them all, while suffering few or no losses. There have been so many such incidents that human rights groups and analysts have begun to doubt the military’s version.”
From the details described below and the fact that the United Nations’ High Commission on Human Rights was on the scene shortly after this massacre, it appears that the people killed inside the building were shot at close range. It is gratifying to see the AP reporting on this… Thanks to Margie Lilly for sending me the article. I would have missed it… -molly
In Mexico, Lopsided Death Tolls Draw Suspicion (Miami Herald)
At Least 22 Killed In Gunfight Southwest of Mexico City (Toronto Sun)
There were 29 homicides in Juarez in June, the lowest monthly toll so far in 2014, according to El Diario. The tally for the year is 229: Jan 32; Feb 41; March 40; April 35; May 52; June 29…these are the statistics provided by the Fiscalia. The victims in June include an unidentified woman found on June 28 whose body had been cut up. In another case, a woman who suffered from severe depression murdered her two children and then killed herself. A transit policeman was also a victim in June. Two men were killed on Sunday at a horse race in San Isidro in the Valle de Juarez.
This morning, the first homicide of July took place with the murder of a bus driver.
In terms of national homicide statistics, the SNSP reports a total of 1,423 homicidios dolosos (intentional homicides) in May (latest available). This is up slightly from April’s numbers.
Cierra Junio Con 29 Homicidios http://diario.mx/Local/2014-06-30_badc3397/cierra-junio-con-29-homicidios/
Ejecutan A Hermanos Al Salir de Una Carrera de Caballos en San Isidro http://diario.mx/Local/2014-06-29_2d597764/ejecutan-a-hermanos-al-salir-de-una-carrera-de-caballos-en-san-isidro/
Hallan Mujer Descuartizada en Colonia Francisco I. Madero http://diario.mx/Local/2014-06-28_3a3bc53d/hallan-mujer-descuartizada-en-colonia-francisco-i-madero/
Ejecutan A Chofer de Transporte de Personal http://diario.mx/Local/2014-07-01_993dc39c/ejecutan-a-chofer-de-transporte-de-personal/
May was the most violent month so far in 2014, ending with 52 homicides. Seven of the victims were women. Five children were killed including 3 apparently strangled by their father who also killed their mother, and yesterday an apparent murder-suicide in which a woman killed her 5-month old baby and herself (story also posted below) Victims also included a municipal policeman, two well-known attorneys and 4 members of the gay community.
The total homicides for 2014 now stand at 200–an average of 1.3 people per day.
Murders in Ciudad Juarez 2007-May 2014
2014 200 (Jan-May)
Fue Mayo El Mes Más Violento En Lo Que Va Del Año (El Diario)
Confirma Fiscalía Que Muerte De Madre Y Bebé Fue Homicidio-Suicidio (El Diario)
Posted in Children, Ciudad Juárez, Killings, Mexican Government, Mexican Police, Mexico, murder, Murder rate, murdered women, murdererd youth, Violence
This EP Times article summarizes some of the public career of Juarez attorney Salvador Urbina, murdered on Monday afternoon in the city… There were at least two murders reported yesterday, so the death toll for May is now at about 50–the most violent month so far this year. I do not claim to know why Urbina was murdered, though I would point out that his public statements and actions in the years of extreme violence in the city pointed out malfeasance of government officials, notably the brutality of the municipal police under Julian Leyzaola and the false prosecution of El Paso teacher Ana Martinez. He also frequently commented in the media on government malfeasance. -Molly
Three people were found dead yesterday in Juarez, including two bodies that were wrapped in tape and with a sign reading: “por rateros…” Another body was found in a different area. None are identified in the reports. Click here to read the story.
Later in the evening, a municipal policeman, dressed in civilian clothes was gunned down at a shopping mall at avenida Manuel Gómez Morín and Francisco Villarreal Torres. The policeman used his pistol but to no effect…The attackers fled. No one arrested. None identified. Read the story here.
This would bring the total for May so far to about 30 victims; and about 180 for the year. The average number of killings per day is rising slightly, now about 1.3 per day. -Molly