Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Five Gunned Down at Wake in Mexico

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 |

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.

Source: EFE

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Layla2 said...

This is the very reason why men like Gen Carlos Castillo are necessary. Who cares why these sicarios killed these people--the fact that they did is reason enough...

Anonymous said...

$1 billion?? its a fuck bit more than that no?

Sahid Marquez said...

@9:57 PM

Well nobody really knows how much money Chapo Guzman has based on personal banking accounts and assets until he is captured or killed. Amado Carillo Fuentes (the big fish before Chapo in Mexico) made allegedly 25 billion dollars in 8 years, out of those 25 billion, 10 billion were based on his banking accounts around the world.

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