4 Found Strangled to death, as violence surges
As San Diego celebrates Memorial Day, rooftop pool parties, and American flag emblazoned outfits, the city just to the south enters June with 82 homicides, almost 3 per day. In grim awareness, the week of June opens with multiple murders, killings, and acts of violence. The most high profile being 4 bodies stuffed in the trunk of a Honda accord with California plates, Colonia Garita De Otay.
Duct tape wrapped their wrists and covered their hands behind their backs, and sealed their mouths, the faces were bruised, and battered, signs of torture abound. All men, wearing jeans, t-shirts and sneakers, no narco message was found, or none was reported.
One imagines the scent of death sifting out of that trunk alerted people to the grim scene, of human flesh pushed together, unnaturally, their breathe and life taken, as air drained from their lungs.
In May 2009, 4 teenagers from Chula Vista, San Diego, were found in a similar manner. Strangled, and tortured in a van, after a trip to Tijuana's Revolucion. No arrests were ever made, there was speculative indication the people of Teodoro 'El Teo' GarciaSimental were responsible.
The day before, the 31st, Cesar Manuel Lopez Salas, of the PGJE, in charge of vehicle theft was found in his vehicle, a belt wrapped around his neck, also strangled to death. No further information was issued nor arrests made.
It's an intimate crime to strangle someone, often a crime of passion, in organized crime cases, it is often a quieter death, then shooting or beating someone to death. If you recall the Boca Del Rio slaughter of September 2011. A process of death, watching, waiting, and pressing harder, as their eyes close, or remain open, empty, and vacant in death.
Yesterday, the wife of a PEP agent was gunned down near her home in Colonia Mariano Matamoros, following another execution hours earlier. She was airlifted to the hospital and survived. A few days earlier a man was found, hands bound behind his back, beaten to death, his identity unknown. He was found in Colonia Los Torres Parte Baja, by a small creek, tossed in the dirt.
A 29 year old Tijuana native was gunned down by multiple shooters, leaving Pockets, a pool hall/bar & grill in Zona Rio, which may have been the side of several executions during the Teo years. He survived his injuries, and doesn't know why he was attacked. That's just the last few days, go further and one will find a dozen more killings, bodies, attacks in the last week alone.
Study too long and too hard, and you will be lost amongst the dead, stuck between this world and what lies after, logging the faces, the names of those killed, looking for patterns, reasons, ideas, names and connections to give meaning to it all. Another bullet piercing flesh, or hand gently garroting a neck, the tear of duct tape racked out of the roll, securing skin and trapped flesh beneath....
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