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Terror in Torreon: 9 die, 21 wounded in funeral shootout

Monday, September 24, 2012 |

UPDATED X2 with new information from El Sol de Mexico
By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Nine unidentified individuals were shot to death and another 21 were wounded in a mass shooting at a funeral in Torreon, Coahuila Monday afternoon, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to news stories posted on the websites of EL Diario de Coahuila news daily and a wire dispatch which appeared on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, the shooting took place at the cemetery Jardines del Tiempo at around 1620 hrs.  The cemetery is located near the intersection of the  Torreon-Matamoros road and Avenida Gilberto Rodriguez.

A news report posted on the website of El Sol de Mexico news daily reported that two more unidentified individuals died of their wounds.  Three others of the 21 who were taken for medical attention were listed in serious condition.  Two of the shooting victims were children, but only one is said to have died.

According to press reports, some of the shooters were within the crowd of mourners and used 9mm, .45, .25 calibers and .38 Super pistols.  Five pistols were abandoned at the scene.  Other spent shell casings were found at the scene prompting speculation in the press that at least some of the mourners counterfired their own weapons brought to the funeral.

According to the El Sol de Zacatecas story, armed suspects arrived at the scene aboard three SUVs, dismounted and commenced firing, presumably prompting some mourners to return fire.

The funeral was for an individual identified as Ricardo Valdez Tacubaya whose body was found in a vehicle Saturday.  Valdez Tacubaya resided in Ejido San Pedro. 

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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35 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

wow...you cant even have a funeral in peace, what happened too the religeous side of things,isnt like mexico 90% catholics or close too? Im guessing funeral shootouts are rare cause there were not much in the defence.

Anonymous said...

Young girl,7yr old amongst the dead,despicable!!! bloody cowards,whats wrong with you thugs? have some decency and leave the funeral alone for god sake.Anyone know who was responsible?

Anonymous said...

This insanity knows no limits. A shootout at a funeral for fucks sake!

Anonymous said...

"Five pistols were abandoned at the scene."

Sounds like they were not working for organized crime if they left the guns behind. Sounds more like citizens did the shooting. Having left the guns behind all that is needed is an identification of those who showed up at the cemetery. If the guns were not handled by the wrong people the finger prints may be found on the guns: "Book 'em Dano!" from the Hawaii 5-0, an American police procedural drama television series)

I feel bad for the innocent people who needlessly lost their lives

Anonymous said...

They said there was a hand written note found next to the body in the car. I wonder what it said?
http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/24/4851275/attack-on-mexico-funeral-kills.html

Anonymous said...

If you all were to choose only ONE biography then whose would it be among the Mexican Drug Lords : 1) Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera aka El Chapo OR 2) Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano aka Z3 OR. 3) Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales aka Z40? Might be a stupid question for some of you but just curious to know which one of the above people are more interested to know about...I don't write autobiographical nor am an author of any sort...As for me it would be Z3 as that bloke is an enigma.

FRQ said...

So apparently the People of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas have placed "mantas" around the city and say they are tired of the violence and will fight back with guns.

Anonymous said...

"that bloke is an enigma."

CORRECTION: That bloke is an enema...

Anonymous said...

If I were to choose one biography it would the biography of the CREATOR of ALL that EXISTS and what I'd like to know is What Kind Of Punishment Awaits the jerks who you've mentioned and the jerks who have betrayed their countrymen who have joined criminal organizations who have murdered and stolen peace of mind & the belongings of hard working Mexicans. These bastards have brought a tremendous amount of suffering to the Mexican families who only want an honest living and good family values, respect and peace.

to 10:54 AM Sept. 25

Anonymous said...

My favorite Marco Arturo beltran legged only narco too have a cartel named. After him he got into shooting with the military. At a Christmas party and escaped they threw fifty grenades during. A four hour gunfight. Read on him he was a real money maker and he died like a soldier rip

Anonymous said...

Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano aka Z3

Anonymous said...

2 stories to it but im glad they had something to respond with

Anonymous said...

Word is this was a Z funeral that got attacked. Too bad for the innocent kid(s) that were in the line of fire, but I for one am crying croc tears for the rest of the mourners.

Anonymous said...

Fingerprints? this is Mexico dude. you can write your name on a blanket and leave it at the scene, and still not go to jail

Anonymous said...

sad day but its about time sometimes you got to fight fire with fire sum civilians need to armed themselves and shot back there mostly going to get killed unarmed and innocent or go down and fight hopefully taking a few sicarios with them these thugs use fear and intimidation civilians need to use the same tatics show these narcos they aint scared

:. taco .:

Anonymous said...

I agree with Z3. Altho Chapo is very mysterious, more has been written about him than Lazca.

Chivis said...

FRG...what i have read they are yet to oist the mantas, they called in the text to notimex and said they would appear but i have not seen it. i translated the text waiting but must leave for the day...if you see something verifying they did post please send me the link and i will post everything....paz chivis

Anonymous said...

At myself: 9:23 AM Sept. 25

For some reason I didn't see the part where the people at the funeral were visited by gunman (armed suspects arrived at the scene aboard three SUVs and commenced firing). Amongst the mourners there may have been friends or family of the deceased who are into crime themselves which explains why they had guns on hand in the first place; they knew that they may receive an unfriendly visit and wanted to be able to defend themselves.

This is as low as it gets when armed men show up at a funeral to kill people who are saying their final good bye to someone they knew and if there is a Satan this was the work of Satan's Helper! What despicable monsters from hell.

Anonymous said...

i would say either lazca cause there just isnt much about the guy, and trevino also just cause hes such a sick bastard that id like to know what creates a living demon

Anonymous said...

Arturo beltran leyva"the boss of bosses"

Anonymous said...

Arturo will be one of the narcos. Of dis era that was way bigger then scar face rip Marcos. Arturo levy's beltran

Anonymous said...

Yes, that too...I agree.

Anonymous said...

arturo beltran leyva el jefe de jefes

Anonymous said...

¿WTF? Is this the O.K. Corral Or what? Who would have thought that we would be living as if in one of those dark western themed comic books. Where are the authorities in all of this? I know that you can't be everywhere at once but WTF? Being in charge means that you can cut through the B.S. and get to the bottom of what is going on. Maybe the authorities should take a lesson from the 'bad guys' and try to take back a 'plaza'. LOL. Put up a
Manta or two! JaJaJa!

Anonymous said...

40 I haven't seen any books about his shitty life just news articles that are probably all based off rumors anyways

Anonymous said...

If it was a Z funeral, I would have surrounded the entire thing and killed every man woman and child there. You run with the Z, you die with the Z.

Anonymous said...

I want to read the biographies of these people to know what circumstances & conditions led them to become ruthless scumbag criminals...Thankfully we all are blessed to have a good education, jobs & opportunities in life.

Anonymous said...

Very aptly stated...I agree with you about the "creates a demon"out of a human.

Anonymous said...

Everyone take cover!! There's a keyboard warrior over here and he's armed with a .. Keyboard!! LOL

Anonymous said...

is his name el cochiloco?

Anonymous said...

Agree. Now he was a Real drug lord. Also Nacho Coronel, lets see how Chapo goes out

Anonymous said...

That was comedy!!!! Take cover ppl!!! Haha

Anonymous said...

Yea a keyboard warrior lol I bet his diet consists of code red mountain dew and zingers hahaha for exercise he lifts math books. Lol Fuck off

Anonymous said...

"Yea a keyboard warrior lol I bet his diet consists of code red mountain dew and zingers hahaha for exercise he lifts math books. Lol Fuck off"
No,i know him.He wrestles alligators in his nude.
And for afters,pokes the fire with his dick?
You think your tough?

Anonymous said...

"For exercise he lifts math books"...Huh!!...I don't think the asshole knows much math to have math books with him...He must be watching porn on the net and wanking off to exercise....Hahahahaha.

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