Monday, May 18, 2009

More Violence in Juarez: 20 killed over the weekend; 580 so far this year.

I've been out of town for a few days so I missed one of the bloodiest weekends so far this year in Juarez. A total of 20 persons were murdered, two of them decapitated, one of them a student at Coronado High School in El Paso. Some of the cases are summarized below.

The body of David Olivas Aguilera, 25-30 years old, was discovered without a head at 10:02 p.m. on Friday May 15, in Porfirio Parra. The same day the decapitated body of Freddie Perez was identified by police, also in Porfirio Parra. Cause of death was determined to be strangulation. In both cases the victims had their hands handcuffed behind their backs and their heads were nearby.

At 10:02 p.m. on friday night at the corner of Tarento and Golfo Alaska (Ciudad Moderna) the body of a man about 22 years old was found seated in a blue 2001 Mustang convertible, with bullet wounds to the head, back, left arm, and abdomen. He was wearing a blue and white polo shirt, blue pants and white shoes. Investigators located 13 9 mm spent casings nearby.

Carlos Olivas Méndez, 21, was found dead in Zaragoza, between Chamizal and Ignacio Allende. There were gunshot wounds to his left thigh, right armpit, and a head wound that exposed part of the brain. Several 12 mm spent casings were found nearby

Tania Lozoya, a 15-year old girl at Coronado High School in El Paso, was shot to death at a birthday party in Juarez, at a home located at Ignacio de la Peña and Brazil in col. Partido Romero. She was with her parents at the time when a shooting broke out and she was wounded in the neck. She died later Saturday night. Two young men were badly wounded in the attack. Six 9 mm spent casings were recovered for investigation. Ms. Lozoya was the 29th female assassinated so far this year. As I write there have been 580 murders in Juarez so far this year, and 48 so far this month.

Alicia Enríquez Méndez, 45, died on Saturday night at a Social Security Clinic No. 35, after being attacked by a man who shot her in the left shoulder and shoulder blade region.

A man about 25 years old was executed on Sunday afternoon, May 17, at the corner of Carlos Dickens and Infonavit Casas Grandes while driving a white Nissan Maxima. The killers drove next to the vehicle, which apparently was stopped. One of the assassins got out of the car, went to the car of the victim, and shot at least four times at the head and body of the man.

Summarized from a story in Norte by Pablo Hernandez Batista, and from stories in Diario de Juarez

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