Violence continues unabated in the port city of Mazatlan in spite of the presence of hundreds of military, federal and state police reinforcements guarding the Carnaval festivities.
Tuesday morning 6 people attending a private concert in the Antares nightclub were shot and killed by unknown gunmen during an attack that occurred at approximately 5:45am as a crowd was emptying into the parking lot. The Antares nightclub is located on the Avenida Del Mar seaside promenade.
At least 20 more partygoers were wounded by gunfire, many reportedly in serious condition in local hospitals. Among the dead were one female and a promising young musician, Alberto “El Junior” Lizarraga.
According to witnesses, the masked gunmen armed with assault rifles arrived in two pickups and proceeded to mow down the crowd gathered in the parking lot. Antares staff said that the event had just ended.
A large contingent of Army troops and Marines backed up by a helicopter were deployed but were unable to detain any of the suspected murderers.
movimiento alterado singer Gerardo Ortiz
The headlining singer during the event was Gerardo Ortiz and his band. Many posts on citizen’s forums blasted the artist and mentioned that the tragedy was inevitable with the audience that these entertainers attract.
Police in Sinaloa are killed with impunity
With the slaughter of seven State Ministerial Police (PME) officers this past Sunday in the municipality of Guasave the total number of municipal and state police officers murdered in Sinaloa this year has risen to 19. The perpetrators of these crimes have so far gone unpunished as no suspects have been arrested.
Sinaloa’s Governor, Mario Lopez Valdez encountered the rage of relatives of the state policemen murdered in Sunday’s ambush during funeral services held for 5 of the 7 men in the state capitol of Culiacan Tuesday morning.
“He wanted to be a lawyer, look where his dreams lie now” expressed one of the mourners, “You are surrounded by corrupt officials and you all don’t give a damn, you don’t give a damn. There are people around you who protect the narcos……and now our men are dead”
The Governor’s words of condolences, of sharing the pain, grief and anger with the families of the deceased, were met with even more recriminations about corruption in government institutions, of the deficiency of their equipment and weapons, of the long hours and the lack of guarantees in the practice of their profession.
Descansen en Paz
José de Jesús Rufino Parra
Ernesto Félix Rubio
Carlos Humberto Villegas
Martín Juvenal Velázquez Gutiérrez,
Oscar de Jesus Garcia Guzman
Felix Ramirez Osuna