Mexico experienced in the last hours the most violent day of the war that is being waged by the powerful drug cartels to maintain territorial control, with at least 69 murders in nine states, the highest figure recorded to date in one day since when in August 17 2009, there were reported 57 violent deaths.
Of the 69 victims killed, 26 of them occurred in Ciudad Juarez, a city considered the most violent in the country from activities by organized crime and a place where during 2009 had a total of 2,635 homicides.
The highest months of deaths nationally was recorded on February 15, 2009 with 52 murders while in the days of September 2 and July 14 there were 53 murders recorded.
So far in 2010 there have been 283 murders in the country, while in comparison the same period last year it totaled 138. On the month of January 2009 it reported 18 murders.
Among the 26 executed between Friday and Saturday it included two victims in the state of Chihuahua that were found decapitated and tortured in Ciudad Juarez, one of them dismembered with a message on a card on his chest and the other they took out his eyes out. Three youths were killed in front of the Technological University, another at the mall of Plaza Juarez and two inside a vehicle near the Technical School.
In a clash with soldiers three gunmen were killed who had earlier killed a stranger, another died in a shootout in the community Héroes where two men were attacked in an underground arena (palenque). Also killed were two women in Los Arcos, and another in Parajes del Sol while seven men were slain in separate incidents in Juarez.
In the city of Chihuahua, three bodies were found at the outskirts of the town Santa Eulalia, and two in the community Pan American, while a couple was killed in the neighborhood of Roma, a man was killed in Juan Escutia and two sicarios were killed during a shootout with municipal officials.
In Sinaloa the former mayor of Angostura, Aurelio Fausto Chaidez Chavarín, was assassinated on the road Culiacan-Costa Rica. Along with the former mayor died one of his companions. Two men were killed in Culiacán and in the municipality of El Fuerte three men were gunned down at the home of a healer (curandera).
In San Luis Potosi, sicarios killed the leader of a taxi drivers organization in Ciudad Valles, Leopoldo Morales, along his death was also his wife. He had asked the authorities for protection after several threats.
In Durango they located five bodies in the town Las Ventanas, and another five, including a former military soldier, all members of a family, were executed in Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero.
In the state of Mexico 6 murders were reported, while seven more in the DF, while two unidentified bodies riddled with gunshots were found tied up near the dam Acapulquito in Acambaro, Guanajuato.
In Tijuana, Baja California, sicarios killed two people in Colonia Libertad and another on the Fundadores Boulevard. In Tierra Caliente, a farmer was killed. The carnage continues in Mexico, it's alive and well in 2010.