Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Municipal Official, Son Murdered in Ciudad Juarez

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 |

By: The Herald Tribune

A municipal commissioner and his son were murdered over the weekend in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, prosecutors said.

Rito Grado Serrano and his son, Rigoberto Grado Villa, were killed at their house in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, on Saturday night.

Several gunmen went to the house after 8:00 p.m. Saturday and opened fire on the 59-year-old Grado Serrano and his 37-year-old son, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said.

Grado Serrano, who served as municipal commissioner in El Porvenir, was shot five times inside his residence, while his son was gunned down in the house’s garage.

Investigators found 22 bullet casings from AK-47 assault rifles, the favorite weapon of Mexican hit men, at the crime scene.

The Government Secretariat condemned the killings in a statement released on Sunday.

“Incidents like this one strengthen the federal government’s commitment to engaging unwaveringly and with the full force of the state the criminal gangs that threaten the peace of Mexican families,” the secretariat said.

Grado Serrano had received death threats in El Porvenir, a community of about 1,000 residents, and moved to Ciudad Juarez, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of the town, Mexican media reported.

Municipal commissioners serve as a type of intermediary between a mayor and residents of a specific community in Chihuahua’s towns and cities.

Officials in Praxedis G. Guerrero, the city where El Porvenir is located, confirmed to Efe that the victims were a father and son.

“The purging and professionalization of security and justice institutions” will continue to restore citizen safety across the country, the Government Secretariat said.

The wave of drug-related violence in Mexico has left more than 28,000 people dead.

The violence has claimed the lives of 12 mayors and Tamaulipas gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre Cantu this year.

Chihuahua, one of the country’s most dangerous states, is home to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital.

More than 7,000 gangland killings have occurred so far this year in Mexico, according to officials, while the death toll for all of 2009 was 7,724.

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3 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

This violence is sickening, Sinaloa needs to back off in my opinion, to me it's clear CDS doesn't control the city, and Juarez group is not going anywhere, or backing down. This is just a bad look for everyone involved, and it's terrorizing innocent people, which is the last thing these alleged 'businessmen' should be interested in. The collateral damage is too much at this point, I blame Sinaloa mainly because they are the aggressors, with increasingly brutal counter attacks by Juarez to defend their plaza.

Anonymous said...

I don't know which drug lord is responsible for my uncle and cousin's death, but what is even more sickening is that these drug lords won't even let the family hold a funeral service for their loved ones. Cartels have made a point to the family that if anyone attempts to have a viewing more people will die. This doesn't only apply to my family but any family who has been murdered by drug cartels. Many families are forced to bury their loved ones without services for the same reason.

Anonymous said...

I have a concern in regards to all the drug smuggling,killing,coruption,etc...why are not the politicians in the United States not getting busted by the d.e.a or any other drug enforcement agency? Also,why at the time of elections there is a major bust and then very little else done? It is very sad that there are so many innocent killings in Mexico over drugs and money.

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