Saturday, May 2, 2009

First Juarez Killings in May (Corrected on May 4, as clarified in news reports in Diario and Norte)

The first killings in Juarez in May were discovered a little after 11 a.m. when the bodies of three unidentified men between the ages of 20 and 25 were found on the corner of Salmon and Aguila in Rancho Anapra. Two of the bodies were found 60 feet from each other. The third was 1800 feet away. The first body had suffered a sharp wound on the left ear, scrape wounds on the left elbow, and two black eyes. The second man had been beaten and his head was badly shattered. The third man also had a cranial fracture with parts of his brain exposed.

Another triple murder occurred at 7:20 p.m. on the corner of Pino and Oaxaca in Eco 2000, when an armed commando group shot at five young men gathered together. Three died at the scene and two more were taken to the hospital.

At 1:35 P.M. on Diaz Ordaz and Ramon Aranda an unidentified man, 20-25, was killed by gunfire, and at 5:35 a man driving a gray 2001 Mustang was killed by gunfire behind a strip mall at the corner of Maíz and Piña near the airport. In another incident a municipal police officer, Manuel Holguin Cháirez, at a party in civilian clothes, was shot five times by a group of armed men. He received bullet wounds to the thorax, abdomen, and leg and is in serious condition at a hospital.

Norte reports that assassins are now using handguns rather than larger weapons, and are driving in older automobiles, apparently a concession to the increased presence of military patrols in the city.

Compiled by reports on May 2 and May 4 in Diario de Juarez and Norte de Juarez

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