- January 28: A self-defense group emerged in this remote Tierra Caliente town (Guadalajara is an hour and a quarter away).
- Within two weeks: The Templars, who had ''terrorized'' the region for five years, had left the area.
- March 22: Gustavo Garibay, PAN [National Action Party] Mayor of Tanuato--Municipality to which Yurécuaro belongs--was killed; Garibay had been the victim of an attack that occurred in 2012; he was also a victim of official neglect whose escort [bodyguards] took off [when he was attacked].
- Monday, March 31: Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, Federal Commissioner for Michoacán, solved the crime in a press conference, where he announced that the perpetrators were three members of the Yurécuaro self-defense group, and that Enrique Hernández Salcedo, founder of the group, was the mastermind. The supposed motive: Mayor Garibay had refused to support the self-defense group.
Hernández Salcido had been detained the previous Friday [March 28] by agents of the State Prosecutor [Public Ministry, made up of prosecutors and ministerial/investigative police], after they had come to believe that Hernández Salcido was participating in the investigations to capture Garibay's murderers.
For long days his family was not able to see him. When they were finally able to visit, they found him broken. Enrique had been tortured. Ministerial agents, say family members, wanted to force him to ''deliver'' three of his men and to sign a document where he incriminated them. When he refused, they covered his head with a plastic bag, poured water over him and beat him on the ears with their open palms.
April 9: In a radio interview, Lorenzo Corro, an official of the State Commission of Human Rights in Michoacán (CEDH), confirmed that the CEDH's medical staff had ''found that the injuries are consistent with the features of torture alluded to.''
April 14: The Attorney General's Office (PGR) reported that Yurécuaro self-defense members were being held on charges of organized crime in the form of terrorism.
After Garibay's assassination, the political pressures were strong. The PAN raised the volume of their criticism.
Last Thursday [April 17] in prison, Enrique gave his daughter a testimony in his own handwriting. It is the summary of what is related to this newspaper in a meeting by a group made up of shopkeepers, successful farmers, doctors, teachers, public employees.
Hernández relates that Yanqui and Commander Arturo of the Ministerial [Investigative] Police, ''showed me an investigation with photos and legal proof,'' in which Ernesto Sánchez, alias Pons, was identified as the mastermind. Ernesto Sánchez
According to Hernández, he reached an agreement with Yanqui and Commander Arturo in which he would help look for the guns and the pickup truck that had been used in the crime.
Once in possession of the weapons, Yanqui himself arrested Enrique and his men.
A Map for the Commissioner
In February, Michoacán Deputy [to Congress] Selene Vázquez met with Commissioner Castillo to bring several cases to his attention. One of them refers to the self-defense members from Aquila, who are imprisoned.
Members of the city council say that the request was motivated by the fact that the mayor feared that the municipal police--infiltrated by the mafia--might act against the self-defense groups. Castillo delegated the case to one of his associates, named Mildred. Weeks passed. Deputy Vázquez says:
Among the achievements of Yurécuaro's short-lived self-defense group is having caught a Templar lieutenant nicknamed El Mapache, who not only gave details about their leaders, but also about the structure of official support that linked municipal police, and it was videotaped.