Five people were killed and two others wounded when gunmen attacked a wake at a funeral home in the western Mexican city of Guamuchi, a spokesman for the Sinaloa state Attorney General’s Office said on Monday.
The attack took place around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when assailants packed into a dozen SUVs pulled up outside the Emaus funeral home during the viewing of a young man slain several days ago in the neighboring state of Nayarit, Martin Gastelum said.
The assailants entered the funeral home with guns blazing and dragged three mourners outside to be executed with AK-47 assault rifles. Two other people were killed inside the building.
All of the fatalities were men and one of those killed may have been the father of the original murder victim, according to Gastelum.
Sinaloa, the birthplace of the first generation of Mexican drug lords, remains the bastion of the Sinaloa cartel, regarded as the country’s most powerful crime organization.
The cartel’s boss, Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman, escaped from a maximum-security prison in January 2001 and his life on the lam has reportedly included visits to expensive restaurants and a lavish wedding attended by Sinaloa notables.
With a fortune estimated at $1 billion, “Shorty” Guzman appears on the latest Forbes magazine list of the world’s richest individuals.
Conflict among rival drug cartels and between the criminals and the security forces has claimed 35,000 lives in Mexico over the last four years.