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Gruesome tableaux of murdered men propped in plastic chairs terrifies Mexico

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
March 25th, 2013
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The bodies of seven murdered men, propped up in plastic chairs with messages nailed to their chests with ice picks  have horrified the residents of Uruapan, Michoacán state in Mexico. The men had all been shot in the head, the written threats of "Warning! This will happen to thieves, kidnappers, sex offenders and extortionists" affixed to their chests.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The local attorney general's office said that the bodies had bullet wounds and had been placed individually in the sitting position in chairs near a roundabout. No motive was given for the mass slaying.

Some of the bodies had their hands and feet bound, outside a Pepsi bottling plant. The men were believed to between the ages of 15 and 40. The bodies were discovered early that morning.

According to reports from the State Attorney, four of the seven individuals have been identified as Santiago Gómez Ramos, 31, laborer, Jorge Alberto Téllez, 28 windshield washer: César Basilio Órnelas 17 years old minor, who was also a windshield washer and Alberto Rodríguez Vega, 29.

Another seven people were killed in neighboring Guerrero, where armed men opened fire in a bar in Ciudad Altamirano last week. Four civilians and three off-duty federal agents died.

Authorities said armed men opened fire in a bar in Ciudad Altamirano late on Friday, and four civilians and three off-duty federal agents were killed.

Officers were pursued by gunmen while walking to a local bank and were killed after seeking refuge in a nearby hotel, an official with the federal police said.

Both states on Mexico's western coast have seen a rise of violence in recent years attributed to drug cartels. Around 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico over the past seven years.

Newly elected Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office in December, has vowed to halt the lawlessness and killing that have stained Mexico's image as a tourist destination and rattled investors.

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