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
For a week now, the Mexican press has been reporting on the death of Sandra Luz Hernandez in Culiacan. The LATimes has the story today. I noted the number of missing and disappeared has been raised to 30,000, though the low figure of 70,000 dead continues. As best I can tell from the official SNSP data that is posted every month, at least 50 people continue to be killed DAILY in Mexico.
So, it makes no sense to keep using a figure for the murder victims that has not increased since 2011. And it is unclear whether this data includes the dozens of people killed in ongoing confrontations with military forces in Tamaulipas, Michocan, Sinaloa and other places now experiencing hyperviolence.
Here is a compilation of articles in Spanish. molly
After three days without a murder, four men were killed on Saturday in less than 6 hours. No one was apprehended in any of the cases. With these murders, the tally for May stands at 21, with 169 so far for the year (Jan 32, Feb 41, March 40, April 35) according to statistics from the Fiscalia General del Estado de Chihuahua. The daily average remains steady at about 1.2 murders per day. This has been the case since mid-2013. The google translation is also posted below.
Matan A 4 Hombres En Menos De 6 Horas (El Diario)
4 Men Killed In Less Than 6 Hours (Google Translation)
Juarez recovers… interesting that there is no mention of the army incursion into the city in 2008 and the steady increase in killings from March 2008 until near the end of 2011. The numbers are essentially correct, though I would say “more than 11,000″ rather than “nearly…” The good thing about the article is that it is clear that the reporter spent time talking to people in different areas and different social classes in the city, including residents of the very poor barrios in the southeast. And it is always good to have a clear mention of the maquiladora wages: $58 per week.
Also the article
from April 30 on the final death toll for April…30. And for the year: January 32, February 41, March 40 and April 30. El Diario had earlier reported 42 murders in March. In any case, the number if killings is going down and hovers at 1.2 per day. The total for the year is now 145 or 143.