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7/4/2013 (9 months ago)

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Latest act of brutal violence reminder of ongoing cartel war

At the war between Mexico's drug cartels remain evergreen, seven severed heads have been found stuffed in plastic bags on the edge of a highway 25 miles from the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco state.

More than 60,000 people died in violence linked to warring drug cartels during the 2006-2012 presidency of Felipe Calderon. The deadly march carries on: An average of 1,000 people per month has been killed under his successor, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office last year.

More than 60,000 people died in violence linked to warring drug cartels during the 2006-2012 presidency of Felipe Calderon. The deadly march carries on: An average of 1,000 people per month has been killed under his successor, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office last year.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/4/2013 (9 months ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Jalisco state, Mexico, drug deaths, murder


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The latest gruesome incident arrives just as the Mexican government has declared that the murder rate is falling.

More than 60,000 people died in violence linked to warring drug cartels during the 2006-2012 presidency of Felipe Calderon. The deadly march carries on: An average of 1,000 people per month has been killed under his successor, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office last year.
 
Jalisco, the home of tequila and mariachi music, has been among the hardest hit by the ongoing violence. Murders were up more than five percent during the first five months of this year compared with the same period a year ago, according to Mexican police.

Two teenage boys were also found dead, allegedly killed after making fun of a boy in their class that was the son of a drug dealer. They were found buried in a wood just outside of Guadalajara.

Jalisco's tourism minister was shot dead in Guadalajara in March, just a week after taking office. Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez was shot by a 9mm pistol while driving in a suburb.

Mayor Maria Santos Gorrostieta was abducted and murdered by a drug cartel last year. It was the third assassination attempt on the outspoken politician.

The 36-year-old was hauled from her vehicle and physically assaulted as horrified witnesses watched.

She is described as having begged for her child to be left alone and then appeared to get into her abductors' car willingly. She left behind her daughter and two sons as well as her second husband Nereo Delgado Patinoran.

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