By Sibylla Brodzinsky / The Guardian
No matter the time of day or night, morticians stand guard by the gate of the city morgue, waiting for the next body to be released so they can offer their services to grieving families. In the most violent city in the most violent country in the world, they never have to wait for long.
“Satan himself lives here in San Pedro,” says one nervous mortician who asks to be identified only as Lucas. “People here kill people like they’re nothing more than chickens.”
Last year, an average of 20 people [...]
COLUMBUS, Ind. – (AP) – A sheriff said methamphetamine has been found at a southern Indiana home where four people were killed over the weekend, and investigators are considering the deaths drug-related.
Bartholomew County Sheriff Mark Gorbett said Tuesday that no arrests have been made since the bodies were found in Waynesville, a small community outside Columbus.
Gorbett said investigators found several shell casings and a knife used in the attack. He said a rifle was recovered, but detectives don’t yet know whether it was used in the shootings.
The county coroner says all four victims were [...]
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SOUTH PHILADELPHIA – A police source tells Action News that a popular DJ who was murdered in South Philadelphia over the weekend had a large amount of drugs in his apartment.
Tom Watson, 36, also known as DJ Fenix, was shot around 3:45 a.m. Saturday inside the Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream shop on the 200 block of South Street.
Police say Watson was going to his apartment located above the shop when he was attacked.
On Monday, police sources say that they found a large amount of cocaine and marijuana in his apartment.
Authorities merely cite notes left near bodies alleging victims are associated with Mexican drug cartels, and often that is not the case
By Deborah Hastings / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In Mexico’s savage drug wars, the innocent are not only shot, dismembered or hanged from overpasses. They are also falsely accused of crimes and their deaths are never investigated.
“The authorities will allege that the people being murdered are related to drug cartels, and it’s just not true,” said Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a professor at the University of Texas in Brownsville, who also does cartel violence research in [...]
One mother says many families suffer from suspicions that their loved ones were somehow involved in illegal activities.
By David Agren / USA Today
MEXICO CITY — Maria Elena Salazar has searched tirelessly for her son, Hugo Marcelino González, who disappeared one morning 3 1/2 years ago while heading to his technical support job in the northern Mexican city of Torreon.
No ransom demand was ever made. The mother of three says authorities have shown little interest in finding Hugo, who was 24 when he vanished.
So she like many other parents in Mexico carry out their [...]
By Mike O’Connor / CPJ Mexico Representative
The Durango state governor was on his way to meet with reporters. Before he arrived, the reporters huddled to decide the question of the moment. It seemed obvious: Why had a former mayor been arrested the day before in what clearly seemed to be a political move? “That was the only question,” a reporter said later. “Did the governor have the ex-mayor arrested? Because, behind that move, you can feel a crackdown coming against the opposition.” Yet, this reporter added, “It was too dangerous to ask. No one was brave [...]
by Martin Duran / AP
CULIACAN, Mexico – Mexico saw a wave of killings over the weekend, despite what the government says is a drop in the number of deaths related to drug violence.
In the northern state of Sinaloa, 17 bodies were found over the weekend, including six dumped in a pile along a highway. The Sinaloa state prosecutors’ office said two of the men were decapitated.
The discovery on Sunday came just over two weeks after another pile of six bodies was found in another Sinaloa town.
State Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera called the [...]
The victims, including a soldier, died in three shootouts between army troops and armed civilians in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, authorities said
MEXICO CITY – At least 11 people, including a soldier, died in three shootouts between army troops and armed civilians in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, the state government said Sunday.
The shootouts occurred on Saturday, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
“The first of the shootouts occurred at 2:30 p.m. in La Presa, an agricultural community south of the town of Valadeces, city of Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, where [...]
Five suspected drug traffickers were killed in a clash with paramilitary rangers in Chiang Rai’s Mae Fa Luang district early yesterday morning.
After receiving a tip that a large amount of drugs would be smuggled over the border, Third Army ranger force 3109 chief Sumit Saenduangdee took a unit to the area about Ban Arleh in tambon Mae Salong Nok on Friday night.
At about 2.30am yesterday, the rangers spotted 12 men walking up a hill towards a nearby village. They surrounded them and demanded to search their bags. The men started shooting at the rangers who [...]