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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

La Laguna ranked 4th in homicides as 4 more die

By Chris Covert

Despite  the seemingly good news a few days ago of a dramatic drop in homicides from the Coahuila Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE), in the first two months of 2014, according to a group in Mexico the La Laguna region registered the fourth highest murders in Mexico nationwide in 2013, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news dispatch posted on the online edition of El Diario de Coahuila news daily, the group El Observatorio Nacional Ciudadano de Seguridad, Justicia y Legalidad (CCI)  said that murder rates have dropped from 2012 to 2013, 35.9% in the Durango side and in La Laguna Metropolitan Area fell 42.4%.

Despite the drop in homicides, according to the group, murder rates have risen seven percent in 2013 in all of Coahuila state when compared with 2012. 

Marco Zamarripa, director of the La Laguna Consejo Civico de las Instituciones (CCI-Laguna), was quoted in the report saying there is a large information gap in gaining crime statistics in the region.  The CCI-Laguna says on their Facebook page they are a non-government organization. 

Marco Zamarripa may have been referring to the Coahuila PGJE report last week, which has been no help as in the past that office has cooked statistics to make crime statistics appear more moderate.

La Laguna is a metropolitan area consisting of several municipalities from eastern Durango state and western Coahuila state.  Police operations even with federal support have failed in the region because of jurisdictional problems between the two states and among the several municipalities which compose La Laguna.  The three largest municipalities in the region include Torreon, Coahuila and Lerdo and Gomez Palacio, both of Durango.

Four individuals were killed in the La Laguna region since last Saturday according to Mexican news reports.

Three victims were found aboard a Ford Explorer midnight Saturday by local police in Lerdo municipality, according to a news report which appeared in El Siglo de Durango news daily.

The victims were two men and a female, one of the men of which was identified as Ricardo Marquez Rivera, 25.  They were found in ejido El Huarache on Avenida San Carlos in Benito Juárez colony. The location where the dead were found was near the Coahuila-Durango border.

Meanwhile in Gomez Palacio, Durango a bus driver was shot and later died Sunday, according to a separate news account which appeared in El Siglo de Durango.

The victim was identified as  Gregorio Lopez Mireles, 56, who was driving a bus between Gomez Palacio and Tlahualilo, near ejido  Arturo Martinez Adame.  An armed suspect shot the victim in an apparent robbery attempt.

According to data supplied by El Siglo de Durango, a total of 22 individuals have been murdered since the start of the year in the Durango side of La Laguna, including the three found in ejido El Huarache, but apparently not including the bus driver killed last Sunday.

In January, nine men died, while in February eight men and two women were reportedly killed in the region.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for and he can be reached at


  1. Chivis,

    Here's a story out of Gro from yesterday....its sound sjust like Mich, but with different players, i.e., corrupt mayor.

  2. Let me guess there taking chapos territory fuckn lames yall dont come out your houses and yall get bullied and act hard on the internet.

  3. Bro.. you're the only one who posted anything. That's pretty lame of you. You seem angry for no reason. You should relax a little.

  4. the government can't keep order, soldiers and police need to go and let the people protect their own arses, block by block, and apply the death penalty.
    things can't be any worse, in the area where prisoners were let out at night to kill and party at will, now to rob a bus driver, that's the pits of hunger, it's the people's problem, let them fix it... time to make the whole lagunera a new state, free and sovereign under the rule of the people, their choice...

  5. @10:39pm hey el relax-o we are not all on relaxant depressants, make sure your panties are relaxed, so when the ex-lax kicks in you'll be ready, or you'll have to wash your nylons yourself...

  6. chivis i'm mad, i'd like to punch somebody on the snout, we are so lucky to be anonymous...and i'm not drunk yet, no excuse...
    chivis paladin

  7. These poor souls in Mexico.

    Can you believe that due to lack of media coverage in the north that most do not believe all this chaos is happening in Mexico.

    & yes I remember Lerdo . Home of the Museo of aviador Francisco Sarabia.
    Complete with his vintage plane.

    La Laguna is now ruined . Another burial ground . Sad

  8. Some say Mexico is one giant Cemetery. Whats the latest count?
    200,000 dead & missing? Who knows ?

  9. general diplomado de estado mayor Fernando Pamanes Escobedo, governor of zacatecas started the military takeover of political influence by the military all over mexico, the ex-military gangs, are a natural development of those greedy motherfuckers because they always need more trustworthy sicarios to carry on with their dirty jobs, is was the late
    70s, la laguna was on the way to cd juarez, and from zacatecas grifa was moving to tijuana, to cd jurez, to laredo, the latest problems, many come from internal bitchfights between the federal police delegates and the military influenced police, coupled at the same time with dirty politicians and the greediest of the rich mexicans, the narcs, of any size, to the last gramero, are nothng but the fall guys, many times too stupid to know...


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