Tuesday, October 28, 2014
High Ranking La Familia Member "El 01" Found Dead
Leobardo Villegas Flores, who used the aliases of "El 01" and "El Sirreño", was found dead before dawn on Saturday, October 25 on the side of the highway to El Rosario, located in the municipality of Tlatlaya, which is in the south of the state of México. He was shot twice in his body and once in his head. State officials confirmed his identity on Monday, October 27, following DNA testing.
"El 01" was described as one of the principal operators of La Familia Michoacana operating in the state of México for the past three year. His base of operations were in the municipalities of Tlatlaya and Amatepec, which border the state of Guerrero. Among his tasks were preventing rival organizations entering the state of México from Guerrero, such as Guerreros Unidos and Los Caballeros Templarios.
On July 21 of this year, governor Eruviel Ávila presented a list of 16 most wanted criminals sought by state officials, on which "El 01" appeared. A reward of 300,000 pesos was offered for information leading to his arrest. It is presumed that he was killed due to an internal dispute within La Familia Michoacana.
It is worth noting that a month ago, 22 alleged members of La Familia Michoacana were killed in the same municipality, at least some of which appear to have been executed by the military.