Update 1/2/10 - SSP confirms Sunday morning through Milenio that the same group of armed men that killed a family of 4 are the same who are responsible for the murder of a Mexican diplomat in Guerrero that occurred later that same day.
The Secretary of Public Security (SSP) reported intense criminal activity that began this New Years Eve on Friday evening.
Around 23:30 hours on December 31rst, the SSP received reports of gunfire in the community of Piedra Imán, located in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán.
Upon arriving to the scene State Police confirmed that the interior of the domicile contained the corpses of Anastasio Ariza Cárdenas, Elever Pineda Ariza, Jesús Ariza Salmerón and Alexis Ariza Pineda of 80, 32, 60 and 17 years of age, respectively.
They were found riddled with bullets.
According to witness accounts, the younger victims had been at a nearby basketball court when a group of gunmen arrived and began shooting large caliber weapons indiscriminately.
It was here that 5 others were injured, all were taken to the emergency room for medical attention.
In the community of “El Naranjo”, also in the municipality of Coyuca de Catalán, police were alerted to the presence of a body that later turned out to be 40 year old Jaime Almonte Borja.
The SSP confirmed that he was a diplomat to the U.S. who worked at the consulate office for the embassy of Mexico in Chicago Illinois.
The official had been shot three times; once in both knees, another under his right rib.
According to the state SSP, the incident occurred at 8:45 a.m. as the diplomat was visiting family members in a town called Las Anonas, when he was intercepted by armed men.
The assailants were in a Volkswagen Jetta when they pulled up and sprayed Jaime Almonte Borja with several rounds from large caliber weapons.
Another incident occurred around 4:00 am, in San Marcos, a municipality of Costa Chica. Arturo Barrientos Silva, age 59 was found dead. He had been shot once through the chest.
Local police say the victim stepped outside of his house when he was approached by three youths who opened fire, killing him instantly.
Around 5:00 the General Hospital of Tlapa de Comonfort admitted the corpse of Sico Sánchez Cano, a resident of the community of Tenamazapa, Tlacoapa.
This person died of a head wound caused by a machete that was suffered during a street fight.
At 10:30 a.m. in Acapulco, a corpse was found wrapped in a black garbage bag. The victim was dumped on Águila street, in Colonia Chinameca. Police say he had signs of torture, they were unable to locate his hands, which had been cut off prior to disposal of the body.
At 14:00 on January 1rst, local police in Chilpancingo recieved reports of a body sitting in a taxi parked on Gobernadores avenue, in the neighborhood of “Villa Mayorazgo."
Official statements identify the victim as Edgar Salazar Flores, age 23, whose body was found with his hands tied behind his back. There was a noose that was elaborately attached to his hands and he had been shot several times.
Sources: Rogelio Agustín Esteban for Milenio.com, Adriana Covarrubias for El Universal.com, agoraguerrero.com
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