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Day of the Dead: A dozen murdered as part of massacre in Acapulco

Mexican authorities counted this Tuesday at least 12 dead, including three women, after a day of violence

Miembros de la Guardia Nacional mexicana resguardan la zona donde fueron encontrados cuerpos sin vida la madrugada de este martes
Miembros de la Guardia Nacional mexicana resguardan la zona donde fueron encontrados cuerpos sin vida la madrugada de este martes | EFE/David Guzmán

May 21, 2024 3:28pm

Updated: May 22, 2024 9:32am

Mexican authorities discovered at least 12 bodies in the port of Acapulco, Mexico on Tuesday, the result of a series of bloody events which began on Monday and culminated with a massacre leaving several bodies in the street. Three women were among the dozen casualties.

The bloodiest event occurred at 10:30 p.m. when residents of the Carabali neighborhood told authorities that armed men left dead bodies on Diego Hurtado Avenue in Mendoza.

Reports indicate that armed members of the Mexican National Guard came and discovered the bodies of six people—four men and two women—lay piled up on the street. The soldiers requested additional support from local police to carry out the investigations, according the EFE news agency.

In a second violent incident that erupted in the La Postal neighborhood of the tourist destination, five people suffered a gunshot attack near a market. Four men and a woman were injured, so friends and family took them to the hospital for medical attention.

Two men and a woman entered the hospital emergency area, but minutes later two of them died due to the severity of their injuries.

While the other two men died during the journey to the hospital, their families decided not to admit them or wait for the ministerial authorities for the corresponding legal procedures.

Previously, on the afternoon of May 20, a man who was dedicated to making tortillas died in a shooting inside an ice popsicle store in the Icacos neighborhood, 150 meters from the facilities of the 12 Naval Region. Investigations indicate that a man entered the business and shot the tortilla seller several times, who was left dead face up near the freezers.

The last violent incident occurred minutes before midnight, when individuals chased a man on Costera Miguel Alemán, near Manzanillo Beach, where he was left dead on the tourist road. Witnesses indicated that the attackers followed the young man, so he entered a store.

However, upon hearing the shots, the employees closed the door and did not allow the man to take refuge, who was hit in the Manzanillo barrel park, where he was left lying.

Experts from the Attorney General's Office of Guerrero carried out the corresponding investigations and authorized the transfer of all the bodies to the facilities of the Forensic Medical Service for the corresponding legal procedures.

So far all the victims are unknown and no arrests have been reported.

The events occur after a 7.37% year-on-year increase in intentional homicides nationwide in April to 2,622, making it the deadliest month of the year, as reported last week by the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC).

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