The bodies of 23 male and 12 female murder victims were abandoned in front of the Plaza Americas commercial area this afternoon in Boca del Rio, a suburb of Veracruz.
The bodies were on board and scattered behind 2 flatbed pickups on Manuel Avila Camacho boulevard that were left at the scene during rush hour traffic at approximately 5:00pm.
Hundreds of horrified motorists and onlookers witnessed as gunmen on board several pickups escorted the vehicles to the site where they hung a banner, threw some of the bodies to the roadway then left.
Army units and state police arrived later to secure the scene.
According to witnesses the banner read:
esto les va apasar a todos los Zetamierdas que sigan en veracruz la plaza ya tiene nuevo dueño ....G.N aki yace el ferras y su corte real
This will happen to all the Zeta shit that stay in Veracruz, the plaza has a new owner...G.N. (Gente Nueva). Here is el ferras and his royal court
A source within the Veracruz Attorney General's office confirmed with El Universal news group that the the victims were Zetas and the executioners belonged to the Gulf Cartel.
The Veracruz Attorney General, Reynaldo Escobar Perez, announced this evening that most of the bodies had been identified and all had prior criminal records that included kidnapping, murder, drug trafficking and organized crime.
The bodies were bound and gagged and had been tortured. Some had bullet wounds to the head.
Initially, authorities reported that the dead were members of the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) and the killers were sicarios belonging to Los Zetas but this information was later revised.
Veracruz has been a Zeta stronghold since the administration of the previous PRI Governor, Fidel Herrera.
This year, the hold that Los Zetas have on Veracruz has been shaken by anti-Zeta Mexican Army operations and attacks by the rival Gulf and Sinaloa cartels.
In July a video appeared showing a heavily armed group of sicarios claiming to be members of the CJNG and calling themselves MataZetas (Zeta killers) whose mission was to clean Veracruz of Zetas.
There are unconfirmed reports that at least some of the inmates that escaped from Veracruz prisons this past Monday morning may be among the dead in Boca del Rio.
The person that is referred to in the banner at the site, "here is el Ferras and his royal court" may be Felipe Ferra Gomez, El Ferras, who was crowned "rey de carnaval", king of carnival, during 2009 Mardi Gras carnival festivities inside the Cereso prison where he was incarcerated.