Another mass slaughter against the youth of Juarez occurred Friday night, with at 13 people confirmed dead and another 20 wounded, some in critical condition according to official sources. The incident occurred at a birthday party being held at a private residence in the colonia Horizontes del Sur.
Six of the fatalities were females and eight were males.
According to witnesses at approximately 11PM gunmen arrived in four vehicles outside of 2069 Felix Candela st. and although the courtyard of the house was protected by a fence, the gunmen entered and shot the victims at close range with assault type weapons.
Forensic staff with the state prosecutor’s office recovered 70 cartridges from 7.62 X 39 mm AK type weapons and .223 AR-15 rifles.
Among adults who died in this brutal attack was Martina Cereces Arteaga, 30, the mother of the 14 year old celebrating his birthday.
Martina Cereces Arteaga was talking with a cousin, Lucia Navarro Jurado, 21, and several high school students that attended the same school as her son when a group of gunmen burst and started shooting. They were the first to die according to Francisco Lopez, Cereses Arteaga’s husband.
Martina was holding a stroller with her youngest daughter, a three month old baby who was miraculously unhurt. All of her six children survived the cold blooded attack.
Neighbors and survivors said that three minutes after the slaughter occurred federal agents on patrol drove by the house and that, in spite of the screams for them to stop, they continued on their way and returned to the crime scene almost half an hour later.
They also commented that, given the lateness of the paramedics in arriving to render aid, many inhabitants of the area took the injured in private vehicles to the IMSS (public health) hospital #66.
"I feel much pain and anger ... I'm sure they will never catch the perpetrators," lamented Francisco Lopez who from today will have to raise their children without his wife.
The Governor of Chihuahua, Cesar Duarte Jaquez, visited the IMSS Hospital on Saturday afternoon where he met the injured victims.
During the visit, he told the families of the wounded he would gaurantee that they would receive all the necessary attention and that any extra medical costs would be borne by the State Government.
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El Diario de Juarez