Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

UPDATE: Chihuahua Massacre Photos

Saturday, April 21, 2012 |

By Chivis Martinez for Borderlandbeat


The slaughter began at 9PM Friday night a group of armed men entered the El Colorado Bar located in Colonia Granjas. Shooting from both the left and right sides of the bar, the action appeared to be indiscriminate as the gunmen opened fire on customers, servers, bartenders and musicians. 
In vain people dove under tables or used chairs as shields from the large caliber bullets.  16 people were  killed leaving a flood of bleeding bodies everywhere of those killed and injured.
Unofficial reports indicate that 5 vehicles with 10 gunmen were parked  outside the bar, witnesses say the gunmen appeared to be very young minors.


The shooting occurred in the northern Mexico city of Chihuahua, the dead included two journalists, prosecuting attorneys said Saturday.

"They have been identified as Hector Javier Salinas Aguirre and Javier Moya Munoz, who were journalists from the city of Chihuahua with many years working at radio stations," said a source from the Chihuahua state attorney's office.

Nine other people died violently between Friday night and early Saturday in nearby communities, where gang drug violence is common.

They included four others from the city of Chihuahua; four from Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas; and one from the town of Madera.

Hector Salinas, who for years was a radio reporter and former press chief for the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, most recently worked as director of the local news site Futuro.mx, officials said.

Javier Moya, a journalist and veterinarian, was chief news officer for a local radio station and recently was working as a press spokesman for the city of Chihuahua.

Witnesses said that in the attack Friday night about seven heavily armed men burst into a bar called La Colorada and demanded to know the whereabouts of two or three other men.

After getting no response, they opened fire, police said.

The massacre follows a similar shooting February 4, when an armed group burst into another Chihuahua bar and opened fire, killing nine people. They included five members of a band and a policewoman.
Authorities have not established a motive.
sources used:
El Diario de Chihuahua
El Heraldo de Chihuahua
La Rojo Chih and AP

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12 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Good to see Chivis back at it

Chivis said...

Thank you..another few days and I should have my strength back....Saludos

Anonymous said...

hate to see innocent people dead. This a fuckn war not crime.

Anonymous said...

So were these people totally innocent or involved with a cartel at all?

Anonymous said...

What kind of pussy are you when shooting innocent unarmed people? You are really the lowest of the lowest...

Chivis said...

IMO..it looks like they were there thinking that the two men whose names they shouted were there, and those were the intended victims. The gunmen were very young, teens and trigger happy. I have not heard of any victims having narco connection....paz, chivis

Anonymous said...

"Appeared to be very young minors",,,that right there tells you who the killers were,most likely members of the Sinaloa Cartels Gente nueva.

Heating Cities is all Chapo knows how to do.

Anonymous said...

This is sad very very sad. God let these victims souls rest n heaven with Jesus.

Anonymous said...

I read on another blog that some of these people had criminal records. Thus some one knew something and everybody paid the price.
Usa+ euorope drug consumption has led to the murders of the inocent.

Chivis said...

@Anonymous 10:50AM
Which blog? I want to see that..thanks, Chivis

Anonymous said...

insight on how LA LINEA still controls Juarez or at least trying to keep. http://www.informados.com.mx/not_detalle.php?id_n=54141

Anonymous said...

April 22, 2012 10:50 AM
"Usa+ euorope drug consumption has led to the murders of the inocent"
So now Europe is to blame as well,your whining gets worse all the time.
Do you as a Mexican bear any responsibility at all for your own brutality?What excuse will you use,when Mexico itself has a huge drug consumption problem of its own?Doe's the rampant and unrelenting corruption have nothing to do with the murder of the innocents?
Your arguments get more pathetic and self pitying by the day.You as a people need to own up and look at yourselves,lets say,in more"developed"country's,the killing and beheading of police,judges,priests,journalists,innocents,just is not tolerated,and the perpetrators are relentlessly hunted down.If it happens at all.Your argument is pathetic,it really is.Without drugs,Mexico would be the same,you and i both know that.

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