Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

October Was Year’s Bloodiest Month in Ciudad Juarez

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 |


A total of 350 murders were registered in Ciudad Juarez last month, making October the bloodiest month of the year in the Mexican border city, prosecutors said.

There were 227 homicides in January, 163 in February, 240 in March, 203 in April, 262 in May, 313 in June, 291 in July, 338 in August, 289 in September and 350 in October in the border city, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said.

A total of 10 homicides were reported on the last day of October in Ciudad Juarez, a gritty border metropolis that has become Mexico’s murder capital.

Six people were murdered across Juarez in the early hours of Sunday, while two men were gunned down in the afternoon on the front porch of a house.

A man was shot and tossed out of a moving vehicle an hour later, while a 25-year-old man was shot dead later in the day.

Police found a bullet-riddled body in another part of Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, while a person was murdered on the east side of the city on Sunday night.

A total of 2,666 murders, according to a press tally compiled using Chihuahua AG’s office figures, have been committed in Ciudad Juarez this year.

The Juarez and Sinaloa cartels, backed by hitmen from local street gangs, have been fighting for control of the border city.

Ciudad Juarez, where more than 6,000 people have been murdered since 2008, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.

The murder rate took off in the border city of 1.5 million people in 2007, when 310 people were killed, then it more than tripled to 1,607 in 2008, according to state Attorney General’s office figures, with the number of killings climbing to 2,754 last year.

Juarez first gained notoriety in the early 1990s when young women began to disappear in the area.

More than 500 women have been killed in Juarez since 1993, with the majority of the cases going unsolved.

Ciudad Juarez, with 191 homicides per 100,000 residents, was the most violent city in the world in 2009, registering a higher murder rate than San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Caracas and Guatemala, two Mexican non-governmental organizations said in a report released earlier this year.

Some 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on Mexico’s cartels shortly after taking office in December 2006.

More than 7,000 gangland killings have occurred so far this year in Mexico, Attorney General Arturo Chavez Chavez said last month.

The death toll for all of 2009 was 7,724.



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16 Borderland Beat Comments:

J said...

The sad thing is I barely noticed the Juarez coverage, in a sense of how many occurred, it has become routine for me to check his site, see the headlines, and move on, I thought it was actually down from previous months.

On another note, I'd like to see some coverage assessing the conflict between Sinaloa/Juarez in depth, and in terms of areas of influence, losses, gains, etc, not just articles noting there is a conflict. Is Juarez holding back the offensive? is JL dead? Have peace talks been considered?

Anonymous said...

I don't think peace talks will ever be considered, and if they did, they always seem to break down or someone breaks the treaty. I would like to know what ever happened to Cartel de la Sierra? Guess nothing came of it, were they from Durango or Guerrero? Were they fighting the BLO, from the BLO, La Barbie's or El Peinado's?

WTFISTHEPROBLEM said...

I keep reading about these conflicts between all these cartels but I think that is too easy a copout to explain the violence. Shooting at reporters or blowing up police stations has exactly what to do with a blood feud? Killing teenagers at birthday parties has what to do with it? Killing shop owners over extortion payments has what to do with it? Kidnapping and Killing migrants has what to do with these feuds?

If the streets were only lined with the bodies of rival cartel members then maybe I could buy this lame excuse. But we all know that's not the case. A grenade thrown into a pedestrian crowded area in Monterrey let's us know the problem is bigger than a blood feud between cartels.

There is no true law enforcement in Mexico. Anyone can kill anyone and it gets labeled as blood feud collateral damage. It's a serial killers playground. If the Law Enforcement issue does not get addressed it won't matter who wins these blood feuds the violence will remain because there is no deterrant to stop it. A Canadian business man is kidnapped killed and burnt and this has nothing to do with a blood feud but yet there is very little being done about it either.

The Mexican Government needs to really get its head out of the sand before it loses it's country.

J said...

You are confusing organized crime and blood feud, the 14 teenagers is linked directly to organized crime and the blood feud anyway, they were trying to kill El Raton, and because they were junior gangbanger idiots probably high they killed everyone at the party. Juarez vs. Sinaloa. Most of the violence is related to organized crime, and in one way or another, a cartel conflict.

A wealthy businessmen murdered in Guerreo doesn't scream serial killer to me, it seems like a kidnapping for ransom gone wrong. I'd say 85% of the violence is liked to organized crime, one way or another.

WTFISTHEPROBLEM said...

Agreed Organized Crime, but I also think that the level of violence is due to the nonexistent consequences which allows criminals to be even more violent. If people in America could kill with such impunity, Mexico would seem like Disneyland. But we can't, so it's not. And when I say serial killers, I don't mean like some crime drama mastermind pyscho. I mean that these guys have gotten so used to killing at will that I can't see them just stopping because a few bosses shook hands. Without real law, the bosses can only control so much truce or no truce.

Anonymous said...

The problem with Mexico is the Mexicans themselves. they are their worst enemy. They hate each other so much...

Anonymous said...

Im from durango and i've never heard anyone talk about el cartel de la sierra.Only the sinaloa and juarez cartel here. And the zetas that drop like flies and are starting to dissapear

Anonymous said...

El Diablo anda suelto entre todods los locos...its not because they are going against each other..this violence is happenning within eveyone already..anybody is killing just for the hell of it and why not make it more of an excuse to put it on the cartels..ofcourse they are putting in their work too, but now it is out of hand and the killings is just like going on a shopping spree..its desperate times asking for desperate measures...pero el diablo anda rumbando por los caminos de juarez y todo Mexico..this is an act of Evil already and they are making the Devil very happy..

J said...

Earlier this year in Guerrero they found some decapitated bodies/heads with a sign claiming responsibility by El Cartel De la Sierra. I think it happened twice, and they haven't been heard from since.

Matanzas said...

Well WTFISTHEPROBLEM, what do you expect from a city where more than 500 women "disappeared" since the 90's? This is a dog eat dog city. This is hell.

Matanzas said...

OK you all must read that:
http://reynowarrior.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/los-gorras-brillosas-la-seduccion-de-la-narco-cultura/
A very comprehensive paper on the cultural and social narco-society. I wish BB were posting stuff like that. I like you guys, but just do some more in-depth analysis. For the raw news, we already have blog-Del-narco.

J said...

Yeah, I read that, pretty interesting, as far as fashion narco debates goes, the Arellano's were some of the first to do the whole Versace shirts/European fashion thing, something I think made the more tradional narcos (Chapo, Mayo) resent even more.

But, regardless, that's pretty surface level analysis, but it's accurate, that's definitely the style here, and in Tijuana. I think it's the same as kids dressing 'black' or 'gangbanger' in the mid 90's, baggy pants, bandannas, hats with certain logos, etc, a lot of wannabes, and suburban kids, and some real criminals that dress like that. Ironically, when the boss's get caught/killed, they are usually never wearing anything like the young guys wear.


No high end European fashion, but Nautica pull overs, (Teo), sloppy looking button ups, (Muletas), Adidas track suit (Nacho), ugly Polo shirt (Barbie), etc. And, for the record Ed Hardy is def. one of the tackiest and ugliest brands out there.

Kevin said...

Hey Mantanzas thanks for the link!

the ed hardy brand is a direct representation of whats wrong with the mass-media mentality of the world today...materialism over humanism...hey look at me, only my feelings count, i'm all that matters...

Anonymous said...

November 2, 2010 7:53 AM:
..."There is no true law enforcement in Mexico. Anyone can kill anyone and it gets labeled as blood feud collateral damage. It's a serial killers playground. If the Law Enforcement issue does not get addressed it won't matter who wins these blood feuds the violence will remain because there is no deterrant to stop it. A Canadian business man is kidnapped killed and burnt and this has nothing to do with a blood feud but yet there is very little being done about it either."...


Eating their victims will be the next step

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ajulio said...

Eating their victims will be the next step. Lol

Yeah mexico right now is the devil's playground. So far we've seen beheadings, snuff videos, body dismemberment, killings of innocent people including the elderly and children, rape and torture, kidnapping, massacres of families, political assasinations, and much much more.

They need to make a movie out of all of this mess.

Anonymous said...

They should just drop a big bomb in Juarez and kill all those dumb asses who have no life and can't get no honest jobs.!!!! Fuck you.!!!!!!!:o

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