One week after vowing to protect Michoacan from extortions, thieves, kidnappers, and rival cartels, the Knights Templar their first victim.
This morning authorities in Laguinilla, Michoacan were alerted to an unidentified man hanging from a bridge over the Pátzcuaro-Morelia highway. The victim had a handwritten message around his neck neck which read:
LO MATAMOS POR BANDIDO Y SECUESTRADOR. ATENTAMENTE LOS CABALLEROS TEMPLARIOS
WE KILLED HIM FOR BEING A THIEF AND A KIDNAPPER. SIGNED: KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
Last week banners signed by the previously unheard of Knights Templar were found in Morelia and Apatzingán. The messages were very similar to those used by La Familia Michoacana, which announced its alleged breakup in January.