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Monday, June 7, 2021

Homicides from May Highest in 9 Months; Violence Steadily Rising

"El Choclo" for Borderland Beat

May was the worst month for homicides since August 2020, according to daily figures published by the federal government that also show that murders have increased every month so far this year.

There were 2,462 victims of homicide and femicide last month for a daily average of 79.4 murders. The preliminary figures typically undercount murders by 15% to 20%, meaning that final data, to be published June 20, will likely show there were close to 3,000 homicides and femicides in May.

The last time Mexico recorded a higher daily number of murders than in May was last August when the figure was 81.4. Last month was the most violent May since President López Obrador took office in late 2018. The preliminary total of murders was 1.6% higher than May 2020 and 3.3% higher than May 2019.

The preliminary data also shows that average daily homicides and femicides have increased every month since December. There was an average of 70.8 murders per day last December, 76.7 in January, 78.7 in February, 78.8 in March, 79 in April and 79.4 in May. The average in May was 12.1% higher than the average in December.

The month-over-month increase in murders coincided with both the loosening of coronavirus restrictions as the intensity of Mexico’s pandemic declined and with the campaign period leading up to municipal, state and federal elections this Sunday.

Scores of politicians and candidates are among the thousands of people who have been murdered in 2021. Thirty months after López Obrador was sworn in as president and set about implementing a “hugs, not bullets” security policy that favors addressing the root causes of violence with social programs rather than combating it with force, homicide numbers remain alarmingly high.

The deployment of more than 100,000 troops of a new security force, the National Guard, and the ongoing use of the armed forces to carry out public security tasks have been unable to stem the bloodshed, with a new record for homicides set in 2019 before only a minimal reduction was achieved in 2020 even as authorities encouraged people to stay at home as much as possible to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

In May, Guanajuato retained its unenviable title of Mexico’s most violent state with 271 murders, according to the preliminary data. México state ranked second with 226 homicides and femicides followed by Michoacán, Jalisco and Chihuahua, with 222, 206 and 156, respectively.

Murders in those five states accounted for 44% of the total reported by the Public Security Ministry last month. Guanajuato, where numerous criminal groups including the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel are fighting each other for control, has been Mexico’s most violent state since 2019.

Celaya, a midsized city about 100 kilometers southeast of the state capital, was the most violent city in the world in 2020, according to a study by a Mexican nongovernmental organization. Irapuato, a city known as Mexico’s strawberry capital, ranked as the fifth most violent. Authorities hoped that the arrest of Santa Rosa de Lima kingpin José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez Ortiz last August would help achieve a sustained reduction in violence in Guanajuato but after a brief decline in homicides rampant bloodshed returned.

Another state of concern is Zacatecas, which ranked as the sixth most violent state last month in terms of sheer homicide numbers. The northern state, whose location between Pacific coast ports and Mexico’s northeastern border with the United States makes it a drug trafficking nexus, recorded 130 murders last month, seven more than Baja California and 25 more than Mexico City, both of which have much higher populations.

A recent survey by Mexico’s statistics agency Inegi revealed that the crime-ridden city of Fresnillo, located 60 kilometers north of Zacatecas city, has the distinction of being the Mexican city where the highest percentage of residents say they feel unsafe.

Among the almost 2,500 murders reported in May were several that made headlines. Three siblings – two brothers and their sister – were kidnapped and killed in Jalisco early last month, a crime that triggered a large protest in Guadalajara against violence and insecurity.

The assassination of Abel Murrieta, a former attorney general of Sonora who was running for mayor in Cajeme (Ciudad Obregón), on May 13 was another high-profile case as was the murder of Alma Barragán, a candidate for mayor in Moroleón, Guanajuato, who was shot dead on May 25.

All told, 13 candidates and politicians were murdered in May, according to Etellekt, a risk analysis firm. As is the norm in Mexico, the majority of the perpetrators of the crimes were not taken into custody.

One exception was a man identified only as Andrés N., a suspected serial killer of women who was arrested in México state on May 18 and admitted to killing and eating numerous women over a period of 20 years. But the 72-year-old would likely still be at large had his final victim not been the wife of a police commander, who took it upon himself to investigate the disappearance of his spouse.


  1. Sicario 006 will be out for a bit.

  2. You can blame AMLO or you can stop blinding yourselves and condem your favorite cartel. Haber quien se apunta pinche bola de hijos de mami.

    1. So true. He's stipulating that crime figures are not what news outlets have been reporting. In other words things are tranquil.
      When numbers of the deceased are saying otherwise Mexico has a problem.

  3. Un gran Abrazo,

  4. We have excepted this way of life.

  5. How you liking that president you have,how are those hugs working out for all of you,he sits back letting brother and sisters be murdered but you all are no better,rise up and take your country back, don't sit and complain.

  6. This problem preceded AMLO and will be long after AMLO is gone and burried

  7. Guanajuato finally calming down. Remember in January 2020 there was 453 homicides in Guanajuato

  8. With all the disappeared, the murder rate is probably 50% - %100 higher than official totals

  9. I bet 80% at least are gangland style. Mexico has invented a whole new breed of violence called non war warzone

  10. Mencho is my dad, and I hate it that he wouldn't let me join his cartel. Well really my family is part of the CU lacras and that's why I like and say things that aren't Tru and my go to line is "trust me"
    Just like I swore to you guys M2 is trapped in Aguililla ND they couldn't win there it's showing now that he is in fact not trapped and CJNG pretty much took control of that plaza, but I'm an idiot and I will still say what I want because I'm biased and my family are lacras
    CJNG are all talk, they get slapped In Michoacan, all the govt reports all the news outlets all the videos of advancing are super fake, you know how I know? I'm a homie and I have super powers that tell me because my nipples get hard and that is a sign of lies.
    My nipples get hard everytime they say CJNG is advancing in Mich..
    Lastly, Mencho is not friends with Cuini anymore, he only got power from marrying Rosalindal because marriage has some superpower, even though Jessica Johanna and Menchito were already young kids before they got married Mencho wasn't liked until the marriage and that's 100% facts because my asshole puckers when I know I'm right.
    I am the biggest moron online and I am the self proclaimed narco idiot who knows absolutely Nothing and none of you guys will take my super nipples and magical asshole away from me unless your name is Elencho, then of course you can have them


    Ala order Del Señor RompeCulos

  11. Bub but but, excuse me for for stuttering, but but Obrador says says all is is fine fine no homicides in Mexico, who the hell he thinks he is fooling.

  12. I for one am absolutely shocked! Who would have thought that hugging violent murderers wouldn't make them quit all crime? I always thought they just needed some hugs and love and perhaps some government programs and they would have turned into upstanding citizens. I guess AMLO was wrong. But hey, just to be extra sure his polocies aren't working, let's keep the same policies in place until the end of his term! That way the country will be really fucked up to give to his successor. And everyone can use the excuse his successor didn't create the problems they were just handed to him! And on and on into perpetuity until the entire government collapses!


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