There was a 40% increase in the number of murders in Cd. Juárez this past month, as compared to Feb. 2010. A total of 229 people were executed including 8 just yesterday and 4 from a family that was ambushed at an intersection in Cd. Juarez.
Published records indicate that during the second month of last year 163 people were killed, a difference of 66 fewer homicides as compared with February 2011.
Even the number of people killed last month was slightly higher than the 222 individuals who lost their lives in attacks in January 2011, which contradicts the official version regarding that the city's violent trend is going down.
February was sadly very tough on females, with at least 36 of the murders committed against members of that population, according to the daily newspaper count and official government data.
The deadly attacks committed in February also showed the existence of another phenomenon: the killing of individuals completely unrelated to activities linked to drug trafficking or organized gangs, which include killings during a kidnapping, extortion or an auto thefts.
For example, the killing of five men last Saturday night in a bar in the Casas Grandes highway was at first classified as a criminal act with premeditation.
However, the testimony of survivors interviewed by El Diario made it clear that the armed aggression originated in the midst of a robbery, and the people killed were targeted because the suspects viewed them as reluctant to hand over their belongings.
On February 16th an 8 year old boy was killed by a group of men along with his father, the unknown assailants shot up the vehicle they were driving in and then set it on fire.
The killing occurred at about 7:40 p.m. as they drove near the corner of Paseo del Durazno and Paseo del Centauro.
The boy and his father Brian Andrade Fidel were riding in a red 1986, Chevrolet Suburban with another unidentified person, when an armed group intercepted and attacked them with high powered rifles.
The little boy suffered burns on 100 percent of his body and his father, 60 percent, while the third managed somehow to survive the attack.
A similar case is the case with three minors who were killed when they were talking outside a house located in the suburb called Colonia Chapultepec.
Karen and Carrasco Barraza Briseidy 14 and 15, and her friend Cristina Lozoya Esmeralda Enriquez 12, were shot Wednesday night Feb. 23, amid an apparent revenge attack against their father, hastened to inform state authorities .
In another tragic example of this phenomenon that occurred only yesterday, members of a family were massacred when riding in a vehicle as they reached the intersections of Ejercito Nacional and Plutarco Elías Calles.
Among the dead was a 10 year old boy, while another just 5 years of age was seriously injured and was rushed to the IMSS General Hospital of Zone 35 "Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social", and was in critical condition fighting for his life.
Officials of the Office of Justice Northern Zone, during their research established that at least 5 percent of those killed were at the wrong place at the wrong time.
During February 2011, following the official estimate, there were a total of 11 people killed that were unrelated to and without premeditation by organized criminals.