With two days still to go in August, the homicide rate is still running at record pace, in spite of a relatively quiet weekend. Last year at the end of August there had been 1496 murders. As of this morning it stands at 2006, a 34% increase over last year.
Five Dead: At about 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning a group of armed men interrupted a family gathering at a home near the Babicora police station in Col. Torres del PRI, killing five persons, including a woman who was shot in a 1996 Taurus, apparently trying to escape the massacre. The victims were estimated to be in their 20's and 30's.
One: José Javier González Delgado, 26, was shot and killed on the street in Col. Arco Iris shortly after midnight on Sunday.
In Front of His Wife and Daughter: On Sunday morning Pedro García Briones, 23, accompanied by his wife and infant daughter, was traveling on a bus going into town on the Casas Grandes highway. At km. 15 a group of armed men stopped the bus, looked over the passengers, and forced Mr. Garcia to exit the bus. In spite of a spirited protest by his wife, who was prevented from moving by one of the gunmen, Garcia was shot several times before the gunmen took off. Fifteen spent cartridges were found on the ground by his body.
Another Tire Repair Shop Victim: Roberto Fernandez Diaz, 36, was shot and killed inside a tire repair shop on km. 27 of the Casas Grandes highway, near the intersection to San Jeronimo, in Col Villa Esperanza.
More: Manuel Ortiz was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds at about 4 a.m. in a bedroom in a residence in Col. Felipe Ángeles. Juan Raymundo Sida de la Rosa, 41, and Juan Alberto Sida Chaparro, 22, were shot and killed on a street in Col. Hermenegildo Galeana. Seventeen spent cartridges were found nearby. José Reyes Ortiz, 31, died at the Social Security Hospital at 7 p.m. on Saturday night while being treated for gunshot wounds he sustained during an attack on a street in Col. Paseos del Alba.
Compiled from stories by Luz del Carmen Sosa, Diario (click here) and Félix A. González, Norte Digital (click here), and Cruz Loera, El Fronterizo (click here)