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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Acapulco: Gun Battles and Public Executions

"HEARST" for Borderland Beat


Acapulco has had a swell in violence in the last two days that include: a public execution in front of tourists at a popular beach, multiple gunfights in the middle of the night that can be heard across the city and grim displays of bound dead bodies left in the middle of the street.  


Warning: Some graphic photos beyond this point.



Las Playas Neighborhood


At approximately 4:30 pm on Monday, June 21 2021, a seafood seller was shot to death in front of tourists and other beach vendors at the access to the popular La Angosta beach in Las Playas neighborhood of Sinfonía del Mar, Acapulco. The armed men who shot the vendor had just arrived in the area by vehicle and they fled the area right after the shooting in an unknown direction. 


The vendor, estimated to be about 50 years old, collapsed face down at a landing on the stairway that leads to the beach. Witnesses immediately called 911 emergency services and first responders were dispatched to the area. When paramedics arrived at the scene, they tried to administer first aid but the man no longer showed vital signs. His body was taken to the Forensic Medical Services facilities and he is currently still unidentified. 











Hogar Moderno and Aguas Blancas Neighborhoods

That evening, at 10:58 pm, a social media user uploaded a video recording the sounds of a gun battle taking place in Acapulco. They accompanied the video with the message “Several gunshots were reported in Hogar Moderno as well as in the Glorieta de Aguas Blancas near the Tolerancia area in the west of the port. Take your precautions…” Original Video Link





FOVISSSTE Neighborhood
People passing through the area of Unidad Habitacional Módulo Social, or Social Housing Unit (FOVISSSTE) in western Acapulco city spotted a dead body lying on the pavement and reported the discovery to the emergency services line at approximately 6:00 am on Tuesday, June 22 2021. Personnel from various law enforcement agencies responded to the report and arrived at the location between the streets of Avenida del Maestro and Rinconada del Bajel. They were able to confirm the reported discovery.



At the location they found a man lying face down on the street with his hands and feet bound behind his back with yellow rope. He was estimated to have been around 35 years old. He was wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt and black tennis shoes. His body showed signs of torture and initial reports indicate he had been beaten to death. In photos it appears that something like a green cloth is stuffed inside his mouth.

Personnel from the State Prosecutor’s Office processed the evidence and the body was transferred to the Forensic Medical Services facilities for autopsy.








Morelos Neighborhood

At 6:58 am on the same morning as the FOVISSSTE discovery,  the emergency services line received a report that there was a shooting in the middle of a street in the Morelos neighborhood of Acapulco. Officers from the State Police were dispatched to check on the reported location on Quetzal street. There they found the dead body of a man behind the Vicente Suárez Sports Unit, close to Vicente Guererro elementary school. 


The  man had been left lying in the middle of the street after the shooting and the perpetrators were unable to be found in the area. The dead man was lying on his left arm, laying to the side, with his hands bound behind his back with yellow rope. He had white hair and was estimated to be between 60 to 65 years of age. He was wearing a red shirt, black jeans and black sandals. He had multiple gunshot wounds to his head. Near the body, three .38 caliber casings were found, further evidence supporting the man was executed at the same location he was found. 



According to Diario Alternativo, the first reports from authorities indicate that the victim was kidnapped and that he was taken to Quetzal street by his captors in order to be executed.  





Some groups thought to be operating in Acapulco include, but are not limited to: Cártel Independiente de Acapulco (CIDA), Los Rusos, Los Viruses, Guardia Guerrerense and Guerreros Unidos. These are just some among many others as the Yucatan Times asserts there are at least 16 different groups operating in Acapulco. 


Some local media has pointed to the two late night shootings occurring in what is believed to be CIDA territory.


Last month, as previously covered on Borderland Beat, five narco banners were hung accusing the current director of the Guerrero State Police of colluding with Los Rusos. 

Acapulco’s Los Rusos is an armed wing of the Beltran Leyva Cartel, not to be confused with the CDS associated cell in Mexicali, Baja California. As covered, Los Rusos is a criminal group reportedly headed by businessman Joaquin Alonso Piedra, alias "El Abulón". Other members of Los Rusos include the brothers Juan Carlos Alberto, Jesús and Antonio Rodríguez Solano.


Las Playas Sources: Quadratin, El Sol de Acapulco Article 1, VO Noticias 

FOVISSSTE Sources: El Sol de Acapulco Article 2, Sur Acapulco, Red Noticias, Sintesis de Guerrero

Morelos Sources: Diario Alternativo, El Sol de Acapulco Article 3, Sur Acapulco, Acapulco City

34 comments:

  1. Obrador so Acapulco is safe to travel?
    Yes no problems, no homicides,
    very safe.

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    1. On a meeting a few weeks ago Almo called Vice president Kamala Harris "Hi President Kamala" and people were laughing.

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    2. Are there safe places in Mexico?

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    3. You're blaming AMLO for something he has no control over. Blame the local police and state politicians.

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    4. Pinchi Obrador es un loco.

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    5. 10:54 welcome newbie, who controls the police departments, the government does, the cabinet of Almo does, and here you come in defending the lazy enpt president. He says no homicides in Mexico and you are s believer.

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    6. ALMO is a lover, not a fighter.

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    7. @2:51 but he is still right, the local government is to blame.a lot of them not even request support from central government as they belong to different political parties and you don’t ask your political enemy for support.

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    8. 11:15 what the hell you on drugs, you don't make since, you don't compute.

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    9. 9:55 lets put it this way, when trump was president most if not all democrats state loke California wouldnt follow his orders, now that biden is president most of the republicans like Texas dont follow his orders, now you get it? Every state its like a little country they have their own rules, the only rules that every state has to follow are the federal laws, but the rest of the eules they can make up and fuck or help their state, remember the people from that state voted for them so is not really AMLO's fault every thing that happens in mexico, he has done a lot of stupid shit but come on man he at least is trying to help IMO

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    10. 10:42 lots of safe places in Mexico: try Juarez, guerrero, sinaloa, taumalipias, Nuevo Laredo, Jalisco and Michoacan. Travel there with your family with RV. Tell me how it goes. Lol

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  2. Mexico is a hell hole at the moment,life is cheap. However I will keep on praying for the Good people of Mexico.

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    1. Life is very expensive everywhere.

      But death is free for all.

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    2. People are the PROBLEM. When will start the revolution
      March all 22 million of Mexico city
      Oh my god 22 million
      Forget it I gave up
      Mother Mexico bleed tears.100 years of macho mayhem

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  3. Another day in Mexico, we except it

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  4. Pura gente del señor Michoacano el de la M grande

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  5. Y pensar que imagine que ya se había calmado un poco allí con los chilangos patas saladas.

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  6. Quite the jewel of the Pacific. Way to go Mexico!

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  7. This is the welcoming the carteles give the future governor.

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  8. I'll remove Mexico as travel destination for next 5 yrs uuntil they clean up that place. Let me go to costa rica or bahamas instead.

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    1. Costa Rica is better, I don't Mexico will get better, seems all the presidents want is bribe money coming in while in office, they care a rats azz about the citizens.

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    2. That racist. USA only fault. No poor mejican fault.

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    3. 8:08 another nino, it's spelled Mexican. Geesers

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  9. @@ 10:54
    ALMO IS PRESIDENT He could change soooo much thats going wrong in Mexico
    He refuses to do so

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    1. No he can’t,
      Is the old man joe allowed to replace the governor of Texas? I don’t think do.

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  10. Thanks Hearst. Love your articles. Big hug from TX.

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  11. They're literally "going loco down in Acapulco" !

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  12. I passed a balacera in realtime on the way to the dentist today, right near the Chedraui on Costera Miguel Aleman. I saw a cop discharge his weapon without looking where he was aiming. F*<#ing ey. It would be funny, if it weren't so sad.

    Hasta luego,
    AmigoAnónimo

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    1. Oh gosh. That must have been surreal to see. Stay safe, friend.

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    2. Hola Hearst,
      Surreal? Nahhh, not this time. The balacera @ the Forza Italia restaurant on Costera Miguel Aleman a few years back was surreal, though. It was a 15-20min gun battle...a political candidate of some kind was the target. That one was gnarly. We watched from one of the high-rises across the street. Anyways, Situational Awareness is a strategy to live by here; same as in USA, where armed insane people and violent homeless keep us on our toes. Thanks for the Acapulco reporting, very much appreciated!

      Hasta luego,
      AmigoAnónimo

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  13. Thanks for the maps, great for context.

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    1. Thanks, Yaqui. I like maps. I just think they're neat.

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  14. Aqui está reportaje de la balacera que yo vi el otro dia:

    https://noticiasguerrero.com/violencia-y-nota-roja/balean-a-mujer-viene-viene-en-plena-costera-de-acapulco/

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    AmigoAnónimo

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