Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Recent Violence: The Body Count Passes 1000 in Juarez

This morning (Wednesday) at about 7:45 a.m. the body of a woman, between the ages of 25-30, was found, face down, with two gunshot wounds to the right side of her head. She was wearing a blue blouse, blue denim pants, white shoes, and she was holding a cell phone. Col. Ampliacion Plutarco Elias Calles.

At about the same time in the Col. El Granjero a man about 25 years old was found dead at an intersection with at least one gunshot wound. He was wearing a red t-shirt, dark pants, brown shoes, and a red and white baseball cap.

Namiquipa: At 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning Héctor Ariel Meixueiro Muñoz, mayor of Namiquipa, a small town a little north of Chihuahua, was murdered by a group of assasins who intercepted the gray Ford Explorer he was traveling in on his way to work. An ambush was set up on a bridge about two km from town, but Mr. Meixueiro was able to elude this trap, by crossing desert terrain off the highway to a dirt road 150 yards away. After chasing him down the killers attacked a second time, and killed him. Full story reported by Luis Carlos Ortega is here.

The mayor had quit his job twice before, after threats of death and after he was the victim of an attempted murder a year ago, which resulted in the death of the municipal treasurer of Namiquipa, Ismael Rivera Chavez. After this incident the mayor fled to the United States for a while before returning home. His name was mentioned on a "narcoblanket" hung over the railroad bridge in Juarez on Monday night, along with the name of the state prosecutor, as responsible for helping to capture 25 accused kidnappers operating in the northeast part of the state.

Bloody Afternoon in Juarez: Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) at 3:17 p.m. a dead man was found in the trunk of a car abandoned in Col. Monumental. Police had been called to investigate strong odors emanating from the car, a Ford Focus with Texas license plates. The man's hands were tied behind his back and there were visible signs of torture. Then at 4:53 p.m. a man in downtown Juarez was hit by gunfire and died on his way to the General Hospital. At 5:36 an armed group of men entered an auto body shop in Col. Fronteriza Alta, and killed the owner, a 24-year old man, Gerardo Moraza Martinez. Then at 6:04 three persons in a gray Ford Explorer were executed by gunfire at an intersection in Col. Barrio Alto, by men driving an unidentified car. A few minutes later, at 6:15, a man in a gray pickup with Oregon plates was killed in Col. Hidalgo. The driver, his son, was injured seriously. The man's name was Ernesto Montanez, the editor of a magazine, Enfoque del Sol published in Chihuahua. At 6:30 another dead body was found in col. Bosques de Salvarcar, shot to death by men in another car. The victim was wearing denim pants, a white polo shirt, and white running shoes. A little later, in col. Praderas del Sur, three men were standing in a park when they were shot by gunfire from a passing car. Two were killed and the other wounded.

Other Murders on Tuesday: The first man executed after daylight on Tuesday in Juarez was Jaime Hernández Muñoz, 29. His body was found with multiple gunshot wounds, mainly to the head, at 8:00 a.m. at Fco. Hernández and Hermanos Soler, in Municipio Libre. Three nine mm. shells were found near the body. An unidentified body was found shot to death in col. Fidel Velázquez, with few other details released. At 1:00 p.m. a man in col. Praderas de la Sierra was murdered with gunshot wounds to the jaw, the right elbow, left side of the chest, as well as signs of blows to the body. Half an hour later two men were found murdered by gunfire in col. Enríquez Guzmán.

The first person executed on Tuesday was a 17 year old woman, Laura Paula Ceniceros, col. Barrio Alto, who died of gunshot wounds, 9 mm, at 12:06 a.m. She was the 42nd woman murdered this year.

Monday: Thirteen persons were murdered on Monday, including an architect student at UACJ. At 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening Jose Alfredo Olivar Varin, 26, and Ismael Lopez Andrade, 17, were killed at an intersection, while aboard a white Ford Freestyle, 2002 model, with Texas license plates. 70 spent cartridges of 7.2 x 39 mm caliber were found nearby. Both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds. An hour later Cesar Omar Zuniga Garcia, 25, and an unidentified man bout the same age were killed at an intersection while riding in a black Chevrolet Tahoe. 21 spent cartridges of 7.62 x 39 mm caliber were found at the scene and both men suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Twenty five men were murdered over the weekend in Juarez.

The death toll so far this year has surpassed 1000. Hérika Martínez Prado in Norte this morning reports that as of noon yesterday there have been 1035 homicides in Cd. Juarez so far this year. Last time I reported the deadly statistics, on June 2, Martinez had reported 655 homicides to June 1.

Compiled from stories in Norte and Diario de Juarez on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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