Monday, August 23, 2010

Mexico: Headless corpses hung off a bridge

In a particularly gruesome crime over the weekend four decapitated bodies were hung off a bridge in the central Mexican city of Cuernavaca.

The horrible incident has been attributed by police to fighting between drug gangs; indeed, a message was left on one of the corpses “warning supporters of a rival gang leader of a similar fate.” Other sources claimed, however, that the terrible murders occurred as a result of infighting within the Beltran Leyva gang that has intensified since its former leader was killed last December. Ultimately, police were shocked that four dead young men were hung off the bridge and their severed heads were found on a nearby roadway.

The incident in Morelos occurred hours before a shootout between Mexican police and drug gangs left one dead in Ciudad Juarez. The gunfight reportedly occurred a mere thirty yards south of the U.S.-Mexico border, thus leading to a shutdown of portions of El Paso, Texas. Though the only damage from the shooting may’ve been a bullet hole in a university building, some El Paso residents were rattled:
"I've never experienced anything like this. It's kind of shocking, but its reality and it's a sad thing going on over there,” said Ray Campos, a West El Paso resident…

UTEP political science professor and border expert Tony Payan said the incident likely will not be the last.

"West of Ciudad Juarez overlooking downtown and UTEP are some of the most dangerous areas in Ciudad Juarez," Payan said.
Image- BBC News
Online Sources- Al Jazeera English, AP, UPI, KFOX

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