A surge of cartel violence in lawless Tijuana has made July Mexico’s second-most violent month of the year so far.
In the last two days of the month, 23 murders were recorded – driving the total for the month to 188.
Sunday, July 31, saw a triple murder, along with the discovery of a severed head and the decapitated body of an individual accompanied by a menacing message from a drugs gang.
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The three victims of the triple murder – Cristian Alexis Luna, 27, Ricardo Aguirre Rodríguez, 25, and Gary Michael, 31, were shot to death while they were outside a home located on Aquiles Serdán street in the the Libertad neighbourhood.
When investigators arrived at the scene, they found more than 30 shell casings, many of which were from 9mm calibre pistols, and two vehicles riddled with bullet holes.
The killers were seen fleeing the scene in a van.
Across the city on José López Portillo Street in the Presidentes suburb, a decapitated and handcuffed body was found wrapped in a blue tarpaulin. A dire warning from the killers was found scrawled on a scrap of cardboard left with the body.
Meanwhile, on nearby Benito Juárez Street, another cartel threat was found alongside the severed head of another gang victim.
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The brutality didn’t end with the end of July.
During the first few hours of August there were four murders in the city. Two women were shot – one on Ilimani Street in the Cumbres neighbourhood, while the other was found dead front of a church located on Baja California Street in the Infonavit Lomas del Porvenir neighbourhood.
Also in the early morning of August 1, a man was found dead in the Residencial del Bosque neighbourhood.
As yet, no arrests have been reported in any of the incidents.
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