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Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents the second volume of his non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico. Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years. The work contains news articles which were summarized, translated and rewritten along with original reporting for a detailed snapshot of one of the most violent periods in Mexican history.

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Mexico.

Part 1 Mexican Mayhem

Part one includes a feature we eventually named More Mexican Mayhem, which wound up being a compilation of drug and gang related murders in the northern more tier of Mexican states, Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Sources indicated could include La Polaka, Tiempo, El Mexicano, El Imparcial, El Porvenir, Milenio and Proceso. Only one source is indicated per item, but news included in the compilations could have been from any of the others. All items were translated and rewritten.

Chapter 1

January, 2011 (303 dead)

January 1st, 2011

19 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: La Polaka, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

http://lapolaka.com/2010/12/30/comando-revienta-par-de-ministeriales

(Accessed January 1st, 2011)

A total of 19 individuals were murdered in ongoing drug and gang related violence in northern Mexican states including a Chihuahua state police agent shot Thursday.

* A Chihuahua state police agent was shot to death in Juarez Thursday afternoon. Cesar Lopez of Grupo Homicidios of Policial Ministerios was killed when armed suspects aboard two vehicles, one of them a Jeep Cherokee, fired on the agent as he was driving his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck near the Zaragoza Soriana mall. Reportedly two suspects were later captured in connection to the shooting.

* Three men were shot to death in Juarez. Javier Valenzuela, 52, Narciso Ruacho 27, and an unidentified man were shot at a residence near the intersection of calles Rivera de Galeno and Rivera Garcia in the Riveras del Bravo colony in front of a woman reports say was related to two of the victims. Narciso Ruacho was visiting from Parral, Chihuahua. The intended target was not at the residence, so the shooters shot the trio instead.

* An unidentified man was shot to death in front of a store on Juarez Thursday. The victim was kidnapped aboard a vehicle and then driven about 200 meters when he was shot near the intersection of calles Milpas and Ramon Rayon.

* Two siblings were shot and wounded in Juarez Thursday. Maria Isabel, 31, and Ernesto Gallegos Hurtado, 29, were assaulted by armed suspects near the intersection of calles Manuel Marinaveitia and Silvestre Quevedo in the Revolucion Mexicana colony. Maria Isabel is reported in critical condition.

* An unidentified nine month old infant was shot to death early Friday morning in southern Chihuahua, Chihuahua.. The victim was asleep in his bed when he was struck by a bullet which entered the tin roof of his residence on Calle 85th in the Aeropuerto colony. No shots were heard prior to the bullet hitting the baby, and police have ruled out any of the child's relatives in the murder.

* Two unidentified Juarez municipal police officers and a woman were shot to death in Juarez. The shooting took place near the corner of calles Alicante and La Rosita where an armed suspect assaulted the victims aboard their patrol vehicle. A total of 60 Juarez municipal police officers have died in 2010, 30 in just the last three months.

* A man was found mutilated and beheaded in two different towns near Jimenez in far southern Chihuahua Friday. The victim was identified as Leopold Holguin Holguin 49. His head was found near the intersection of calles Hidalgo and Mariano Jimenez in Jimenez, while his torso was found near Parral. Reports do not say if the mutilation was the cause of death.

* Several Policia Federal agents raided the Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Serdan Achilles, Chihuahua Friday for a surprise inspection, and to search for drugs and weapons. The prison is currently in lockdown as guards and other prison employees are being interviewed.

* Three men were shot to death at a nightclub in Nogales, Sonora early Thursday morning. Witnesses say two suspects entered the bathroom of Boleiro nightclub on Calle Elias in the Buenos Aires colony and shot Julio Cesar Maldonado Escobar, 33, Raul Flores Escobar, 35, and Manuel Joaquin Gutierrez Perez, 35. Several .45 caliber and 9mm spent shell casings were found at the scene. The nightclub is directly adjacent to the US border.

* An unidentified man was abducted in Nogales, Sonora Thursday. Witnesses say four men beat the victim and forced him into a pickup truck in the Lomas de Nogales Dos colony before fleeing.

* A man was shot to death in Tijuana, Baja California Thursday. Jose de Jesus Morales de la Rosa, 30, was shot several times in an alley near Calle Vasconselos in the Otay Modulos Uno colony. Ten spent shell casings were found at the scene.

* An unidentified kidnapping suspect was shot to death by police in Tijuana, Baja California early Friday morning. Police raided a safe house in the Gabilondo colony arresting three suspects and freeing two kidnap victims.

* A businessman in Torreon, Coahuila was beaten and shot to death Wednesday. Luis Jesus Gutierrez del Bosque was found near the ejido Rancho Alegre in the municipality of Matamoros, Coahuila. The victim, who sold leisure pools for a living, was kidnapped Tuesday.

* A shopping center security guard was found shot to death in Torreon last Tuesday. Antonio Galvan Carranza, 29, was found near the corner of carretera La Union and Periferico Raul Lopez Sanchez shot several times.

* Two unidentified women were found shot to death and in a state of decomposition near Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon Thursday evening. The grave was 33 kilometers north of Montemorelos in Tanguma. The victims had been tortured prior to being shot.

January 4th, 2011

31 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: El Imparcial, Hermosillo, Sonora

http://www.elimparcial.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Policiaca/03012011/487623.aspx

(Accessed January 4th, 2010)

A total of 31 individuals were murdered in northern Mexico in ongoing drug and gang related violence, including three individuals, including a two year old child, shot to death in Carborca, Sonora.

* An unidentified man was found mutilated and shot to death near Chihuahua city Friday. The victim was found on kilometer 23 of the Chihuahua-Juarez highway with his hands severed. A message was left with the body saying the victim was a car thief.

* An unidentified man was found dead and half buried in a remote area of Chihuahua. The victim was found on kilometer 52 of the Juarez-Porvenir road between Guadalupe and Praxedis.

* An inmate at a Chihuahua prison was found hanged in his cell Saturday. Victor Flores Arzaga, 32, was found at the Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO) in Achilles Serdan hanged with a cord from the bars of his cell. Flores Arzaga was serving time for murder beginning June 2010.

* An unidentified man was shot to death in Juarez Sunday afternoon. The victim was shot by armed suspects at his home near the corner of calles Teloloapan and Coatepin in the Galeana colony. Reports say the victim was a drug dealer. Several retail packages of marijuana and cocaine were found at the scene.

* A man was found shot to death on the Juarez-Porvenir road Sunday. Catarino Herrera, 34, was in his Toyota sedan parked at the San Jorge recreation center when he was shot.

* Two unidentified men were found murdered in Juarez Saturday in two different crimes, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka. One victim was found shot to death near the intersection of calles Higuera and Dalias in the Insurgentes colony, while the second was found near the corner of Calle Puerto de Palos and Libramiento Independencia with an axe to his head.

* An unidentified man was found shot to death in northern Chihuahua, Chihuahua Sunday. The victim was found in a vacant lot near the intersection of calles Arroyo de Sacramento and Circuito Universitario in the Arroyas colony near his Ford Lobo pickup truck. The victim was apparently made an attempt to flee his attackers when he was shot.

* A law office in Juarez was vandalized and burned Monday. The crime took place near the junction of Papaloapan and Bustamante in the Los Nogales colony where vandals vandalize the interior and set it afire after leaving a message scrawled in the wall: These whores are dying to pay a debt.

* An unidentified man was kidnapped early Monday morning. The victim was taken from his Jeep Cherokee near the intersection of calles Cerocahui and Tomochi in the Villas Residencial colony. The SUV had indicators it had been fired on.

* Two Chihuahua state police agents were ambushed in Juarez Monday, but managed to escape death. The Policia Ministeriales were aboard their official pickup truck near the corner of calles Simona Barba and Plutarco Elias near the Plaza CELU when they were attacked by armed suspects. The agents returned fire forcing their attackers to flee aboard a Ford Aerostar van waiting near the intersection of calles Pedro Rosales and Valentin Fuentes.

* A man was shot to death at a Juarez medical clinic Monday. Saul Tercero had been taken to the Cruz Roja Salvarcar by his brother, Jorge Tercero. As he was receiving medical attention for a previous shooting, armed suspects burst into the clinic and killed him. Jorge Tercero was wounded in this attack at the clinic as well.

* Two unidentified youths were shot to death in Juarez Monday afternoon. The victims were shot near the intersection of calles Luis Salgado and Calixto Contreras where a male and female team arrived and shot the pair. The shooting took place in front of the Luis Salcido elementary school, students of which were still on vacation.

* Two unidentified men were shot to death in two separate crimes in Juarez Monday afternoon, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka. The first victim was found dead aboard his Nissan Altima sedan near the corner of calles Fosforo and Violetas in the Altavista colony in an area called La Cima. The second victim was found gagged and hands bound, shot to death near the corner of calles Zinacantecos and Quichez in the Azteca colony. The victim was apparently a kidnap victim.

* An unidentified woman was found shot to death in a remote area in Chihuahua state. The victim was found on kilometer 192 of the Juarez-Delicias road gagged and shot.

* Three unidentified individuals were shot to death in two different crimes in Juarez, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka. The first victim was being transported aboard a Volkswagen Jetta after a shooting in the Tierra Nueva colony when he was intercepted and finished off near the corner of calles Puerto de Palos and Puerto Alburquerque. Two men were shot to death near the intersection of calles Corindon and Marfil in the Libertad colony. One victim was found aboard a Chevrolet Astro van and another was lying dead on the sidewalk nearby.

* Eight individuals were murdered in the first three days of 2011 in the Mexican state of Sonora, including a two year old child, according to the Mexican daily El Imparcial.

--1) Two men and a two year old child were shot to death in Caborca, Sonora by armed suspects using AK-47 rifles. The victims were identified as Jesus Manuel Baez Diaz, 29, Emilio Osorio, 24 and Jesus Valenzuela Beltran Geovany Rabago, 2.

--2) Also in Caborca at a residence later that afternoon, Jesus Duran Estrada, 40, was shot to death.

--3) Oscar Avila Encinas, 25, was stabbed to death in Hermosillo, Sonora in the Las Minitas colony.

--4) In Yecora Ramon Ribota Amarillas, 28, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, was shot once in the temple after a fight with two other unidentified men.

--5) In San Luis Rio Colorado, Valentin Rivera Estrada, 25, died from a stabbing wound he received in a brawl.

--6) Lastly, Ernesto Zavala Bojorquez, 24, was shot to death outside a grocery store in Esperanza, Sonora.

* An unidentified kidnapping suspect was shot to death by Mexican Marines near Puerto Peñasco Monday, Four other suspects were arrested in the same incident. The victim attempted to flee arrest when he was fired on and crashed the sedan he was driving.

* A deputy police chief of Empalme, Sonora was shot to death Sunday. Miguel Acosta Garcia was shot outside his home in the Juarez colony. Acosta Garcia was leaving his home for work when armed suspects aboard a vehicle intercepted him. AK-47 rifles were used in the shooting. Acosta Garcia leaves a wife and a son behind. Empalme is about 180 kilometers south of Hermosillo, Sonora.

* Two men were found dead in Mexicali, Baja California Sunday in two separate crimes, according to the Mexican daily La Cronica.

--1) Fermin Camacho Duarte, 23, was found stabbed to death on Calle Estrella in the Villas del Rey colony.

--2) An unidentified man was found shot to death on Avenida Alfonso Gonzalez Garcia and Calle Ayuntamiento in the Ejido Coahuila colony. A single 9mm spent casing was found at the scene.

* A man was shot and wounded in Tijuana, Baja California. Jose Ines Martinez Pulido, 18, was shot by four armed suspects riding aboard a sedan near the junction of calles Segunda and Benito Juarez in the Ejido Matamoros colony.

* Two individuals were found dead in two separate incidents in Tijuana, Baja California, according to the Mexican daily Frontera.

--1) An unidentified woman was found shot to death near the corner of calles San Jorge and Mexicali in the Magisterial colony. The victim had a message left with her, the content of which was not revealed.

--2) A severed human head was found on a bridge in the Panamericano colony.

* Five individuals were shot to death in three crimes in Durango state, according to the Mexican daily El Diario de Coahuila.

--1) Three men were found shot to death in the town of Poanas. Jorge Luis Soto Alvarado, 21, Alejandro Soto Alvarado, 25, and Santos Moreno, 31, were killed when armed suspects fired on them as they were aboard a vehicle on Calle Juarez in the Zona Centro. A total of 50 spent shell casings from AK-47 rifles were found at the scene.

--2) Lisandro Alonso Rodriguez, 32, was found shot to death near the intersection of avenidas Valle del Guadiana and Tamazula in the Industrial Lagunero industrial park in Gomez Palacio. Casings from 9mm and .38 Super weapons were found at the scene.

--3) Lastly, in Toledo Jose Alonso Martinez, 23 was shot to death as he was driving his Chevrolet pickup truck with an unidentified female companion. The companion was not hurt in the shooting.

January 5th, 2011

18 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: Noticias del Sol de la Laguna, Torreon, Coahuila

http://www.oem.com.mx/noticiasdelsoldelalaguna/notas/n1911710.htm

(Accessed January 5th, 2011)

A total of 18 individuals were murdered in drug and gang related violence in northern Mexican states including a prison director for the state of Sonora

* An unidentified man was shot to death Tuesday morning in Juarez. The victim was found in a park wrapped in a blanket near the intersection of calles Kenzo Tange and Adobe in the Horizontes Sur colony. A message that read, I'm a pig, was found at the scene along with five spent 9mm casings.

* The severed head of an unidentified woman was found in the streets of Jimenez, Chihuahua Sunday. The victim was found near the corner of calles Lazaro Cardenas and Alvaro Obregon.

* An unidentified man was shot to death Monday morning in Juarez. The victim had just left a Rapiditos Bip Bip convenience store near the junction of Calle Ramon Rayon and Boulevard Zaragoza when armed suspects aboard a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck shot the victim. Twenty spent shell casings were found at the scene.

* Six individuals were murdered in four separate crimes in Juarez Monday.

--1) An unidentified mechanic died at a IMSS clinic after he was shot near the intersection of calles Puerto Cadiz and Puerto Marsella in the Tierra Nueva II colony.

--2) In the Aldama colony two unidentified individuals were shot to death at Ignacio Allende gymnasium near the corner of calles 15 de Septiembre and Articulo 27.

--3) At a residence near the intersection of calles Rafael Murguia and Oasis de Australia in the Pradera de Los Oasis colony an unidentified individual was shot to death.

--4) On Calle Ponciano Arriaga in the Revolucion Mexicana colony two men were shot to death.

* The director of the Sonora prison system was shot to death in Hermosillo, Sonora Monday evening. Erasto Ortiz Valencia was shot outside a residence in the Villa Bonita colony.

* Seven individuals were murdered in Torreon, Coahuila since January 1st.

--1) Sunday evening an unidentified man was found shot in the chest near the corner of Calle Galeana and Bulevar Revolucion in the Vencedora colony.

--2) Male and female gunshot victims were found near the junction of Calle Camperos and Privada Segunda de Caleras in the Cerro de La Cruz colony. A total of 15 AK-47 spent cartridge casings were found at the scene.

--3) A man in his 40s was found shot to death in ejido La Perla. A single .40 caliber spent shell casing was found at the scene.

--4) Two unidentified men were found shot to death on the ejido La Unión on Santa Rita road. Six .38 Super spent shell casings were also found at the scene.

--5) An unidentified man was found shot to death in the ejido El Cambio on the old San Pedro road.

* A man was shot to death at a party in Morelos, Chihuahua Saturday evening. Jose Gutierrez Jorge Lozoya, 32, died of wounds he sustained at a gathering of friends. Several other individuals at the gathering were fired on in the same incident but no injuries were reported.

January 7th, 2011

22 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: Milenio, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

http://www.milenio.com/node/615468

(Accessed January 7th, 2011)

A total of 22 individuals were murdered in northern Mexican drug and gang related violence that included a shooting at a restaurant in Juarez Wednesday night, according to Mexican press accounts.

* Two unidentified men were shot to death in Juarez Tuesday. The victims were repairing a Ford pickup truck near the intersection of calles Gilberto Cortez and Elisa Griensen in the Revolucion Mexicana colony when armed suspects drove by and shot them.

* An unidentified woman was found shot to death inside an SUV in Juarez Wednesday night. The victim had been bound gagged and tortured before she was shot. She was found inside a Ford Explorer SUV near the corner of calles Presa Malpaso and Presa Amistad in the Independencia I colony.

* Two unidentified individuals were found shot to death in Juarez in two separate crimes Thursday.

--1)A man in his 20s was found shot to death near the junction of calles Sanchez and Ponce de Leon in the Barrio La Chaveña. The victim had been blindfolded and his hands and feet bound by duct tape before he was shot.

--2)An unidentified man was found dead in a vacant lot on Libramiento Aeropuerto in the Las Palmas colony. The victim's body was too badly decomposed to determine how he died at the scene.

* Armed suspects shot up a restaurant in Juarez Wednesday night. No one was reported hurt in the attack on La Cabana restaurant near the intersection of Santiago Blancas and Dia del Maestro. The restaurant was closed immediately following the attack.

* Two unidentified men were shot to death in Juarez Wednesday night. The victims were aboard a Ford Explorer near the intersection of Calle Lirios and Arroyo de las Viboras when armed suspects aboard a Jeep Cherokee fired rifles at them.

* Two unidentified individuals were found shot to death early Thursday morning in Juarez.

--1) An unidentified man was found shot to death near the corner of calles Ramon Corona and Tlaxcala in the Cuauhtemoc colony.

--2) A woman was raped and murdered in Juarez early Thursday morning. Police responding to the scene at the junction of calles Pacheco Parra and Toronja in the Solidaridad colony found Karina Cortez Ochoa, 22, dead. A 19 month old female child was also at the residence alive. Ochoa's attacker was found later that night.

* A woman and an unidentified man were shot to death in the village of Guadalupe Distrito Bravos in Juarez Thursday. Emma Luisa Avila Garcia, 45, and an unidentified man were shot by several armed suspects near the corner of calles Guadalupe Victoria and Jose Maria Morelos. Reports say the same suspects set four nearby residences afire on Avenida Juarez, destroying them.

* An unidentified man was shot to death near Juarez Thursday. The victim was driving his family in his Dodge Neon when armed suspects fired on the vehicle near the intersection of carretera Juarez-Porvenir and Ramon Rayon killing the driver. The victim's wife and child were unharmed in the shooting.

* An unidentified man was shot to death in Agua Prieta, Sonora Wednesday. The victim was found aboard his Ford Lobo pickup truck near the corner of Calle 18 and Avenida 25 in the Nuevo Vallarta colony.

* No one was reported hurt in an armed robbery of a gas firm in Nogales, Sonora Wednesday. Two men, their faces covered in red scarves got away with USD $750 and employees' personal belongings. The business was located on Avenida De los Maestros in the Las Praderas colony.

* Two men were found dead in Tijuana, Baja California Wednesday. The victims were found in the trunk of a car near the General Hospital

* An unidentified man was shot to death and his wife was wounded late Wednesday night near Tijuana, Baja California. The victims were attacked in their car near the corner of Calle Acueducto and carretera Tijuana-Tecate in the Granjas Familiares colony. Reports say the victims knew their shooters.

* One man was shot to death and two others were wounded in a shooting in Tijuana, Baja California. The shooting took place on Bulevar Cucapah near a shopping center where armed suspects aboard a sedan shot the trio at close range.

* An unidentified man was found dead inside his residence in Tijuana, Baja California. The victim had been tortured before he was strangled at his residence in the Santa Fe colony.

* Three individuals were murdered in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Wednesday.

--1) Two men aboard a luxury SUV were found executed in Santiago colony near a community called La Gitana. Witnesses say armed suspects aboard a Jeep Cherokee shot and killed Alejandro Guzman Garza, 35, and a second unidentified victim on kilometer 11 of San Mateo road.

--2) An unidentified man was found dead in the parking lot of a professional building in Monterrey. The victim had been wrapped in a blanket near the intersection of avenidas Morones Prieto and Dinamarca in the Del Carmen colony.

From the Not-Exactly-Looking-For A Six-Pack-and-Cigarettes Department

An armed robbery was thwarted in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, when a scuffle broke out between the armed suspect and store employees, according to Mexican press accounts. The victim walked into the Venus sex shop on Avenida Madero in the Monterrey suburb of San Nicholas de la Garza Wednesday armed with a knife and demanded the store receipts. A fight broke out, and the victim was stabbed to death by one of the employees.

January 8th, 2011

10 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: La Polaka, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

http://lapolaka.com/2011/01/06/atronadora-balacera-en-el-granjero/

(Accessed January 8th, 2011)

Ten individuals were killed in drug and gang related violence in northern Mexico that included the mayor of Zaragoza, Coahuila shot to death Friday.

* An unidentified man was shot to death in Juarez Thursday afternoon. The victim died when armed suspects took the victim at his residence near the intersection of calles Rodrigo Barragan and Margarita Robles de Mendoz in the Maria Martinez colony, then shot him a short distance away. The shooters then went to the victim's brother's residence a short distance away and set it afire.

* Two unidentified men were shot to death and a third was kidnapped in an intergang firefight in Juarez Thursday. The shooting took place near the corner of calles Grosella and Centeno in the El Granjero colony and lasted almost ten minutes. Two men in two different vehicles were shot to death. Subsequent reports say more than 300 shots total were fired in the gunfight. Also, narcografitti put up later that day referring to the gunfight challenged Mexican Federal agents to a gunfight. Reports also say the Juarez cartel armed wing La Linea was involved in the firefight.

* A Juarez city councilman was carjacked Friday. Victor Valencia Carrasco was leaving a convenience store near the junction of calles La Raza and Newton in the El Futuro colony when he was attacked by a suspect. The suspect fled with Valencia Carrasco's Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup truck.

* An unidentified man was found dead inside a vehicle in Tijuana, Baja California. The victim was found inside a Kia sedan on Calle Claveles in the Valle de las Flores colony.

* The skeletons of four individuals have been found near Ojinaga, Chihuahua in the last 30 days. The last victim was found last Sunday near Ojinaga eight kilometers away on a dirt road leading to El Mulato at the ranch Puliques, while the rest were found at a landfill dump near the city. The latest victim had identification papers identifying him as Salvador Dominguez Ortiz, 34, a local man.

* A 17 year old man was shot to death near Nogales reportedly by an agent of the US Border patrol. The victim died at a local hospital after being transported by three unidentified men following the shooting. Reports are the victim was shot while attempting to cross the border into the US, and fell on the Mexican side of the border.

* The mayor of Zaragoza, Coahuila was found dead Friday in Nuevo Leon. Saul Vara Rivera was reported missing the day before and was presumed kidnapped. Vara Rivera was found in Galeana just across the border with Coahuila, and was reportedly shot with an AK-47 rifle.

January 9th, 2011

15 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: La Cronica, Mexicali, Baja California

http://www.lacronica.com/EdicionEnLinea/Notas/Policiaca/08012011/488778.aspx

(Accessed January 9th, 2011)

A total of 15 individuals were killed on drug and gang related violence in northern Mexican states, according to Mexican news accounts.

* Two unidentified men were shot to death at a convenience store in Juarez Friday. The shooting took place near the intersection of calles Oscar Flores and Sierra Madre del Sur where the victims were stopped at a Bip Bip Rapiditos store. One victim was shot and killed inside his Dodge Neon while the other died attempting to flee the assault.

* Two unidentified teenagers were shot to death in Juarez early Saturday morning. The victims were shot by armed suspects near the corner of calles Magneto and Privada Gonzalez on Mexico 68 colony.

* Five unidentified individuals were murdered in two separate crimes in Juarez Saturday morning.

--1) Four unidentified men were shot to death and immolated on Kilometer 23 of the Casas Grandes-Juarez highway. The victims were aboard a van when they were executed, each shot at least once in the head. The vehicle was subsequently set afire. A short distance away another victim was found aboard a Saturn sedan also shot in the head and the vehicle set afire.

--2) An unidentified man was found dead in Ejido Zapata.

* Two inmates were stabbed to death in a brawl Saturday near Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Armando Perez Torres, 30, and Manuel Orozco Solano, 37, died in their cells during a fight at the Achilles Serdan Centro de Readaptacion Social (CERESO). Reports say the CERESO director quit Friday for personal reasons.

* An unidentified man was shot to death in Juarez Saturday. The victim was at his residence near the junction of calles Emiliano Zapata and Flores Magon in the Pancho Villa colony, and shot several times. Several 9mm spent shell casings were found at the scene.

* A Baja California state police agent was shot to death while serving an arrest warrant in Tijuana. Jose Miguel Guerra Acuña, who was assigned to a warrant squad, entered a residence on Bulevar Casablanca in El Papila colony and was shot and killed.

* Two unidentified armed suspects were shot to death in a shootout with a special police unit in Tijuana incident to a warrant service operation. The shootout took place on Bulevar Casablanca in the El Papila colony. The suspects fled warrant service in El Pilupula colony armed with AK-47 rifles when they encountered the police and died in the ensuing firefight. Two unidentified municipal police officers were wounded in the firefight.

January 12th, 2011

15 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: La Polaka, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

http://lapolaka.com/2011/01/10/emboscada-contra-oficial-del-ejercito/

(Accessed January 12th, 2011)

A total of 15 individuals were murdered in ongoing drug and gang related violence in northern Mexican states including a Mexican Army corporal shot to death along with two other victims in Juarez Tuesday.

* An unidentified man was found beaten to death in Juarez Sunday morning. Reports say the victim was found lying face down in Tierra Nueva colony with his head bashed in with a rock. The victim may have been involved in a gang dispute,

* Five unidentified men were murdered in Juarez Sunday, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka.

--1) A man was found shot to death on an overpass in Paseo del Norte colony.

--2) A man was forcibly taken from his vehicle near the corner of Calle Pedro Varela and Honduras and shot to death.

--3) Two men were shot to death aboard a pickup truck. No location for the shooting was disclosed.

--4) A man was taken from his residence near the intersection of Calle Calzada del Rio and Jarillas io the Altes colony and shot to death. The residence was subsequently burned to the ground.

* One man was shot to death and another wounded in an attack in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Sunday night. The victims were aboard a pickup truck when they were fired on by armed suspects aboard a moving vehicle near the intersection of calles Urquidi and Buena Vista in the Pavis Borunda colony.

* An unidentified woman was shot to death in Juarez Tuesday. The victim was sitting outside at an alter to her dead son near the corner of calles Lirios and Arroyo de las Viboras when armed suspects shot her several times in the head. Reports are the victim had a son who had been shot to death.

* Three unidentified men were shot to death in Juarez Tuesday. The victims were aboard a Ford Explorer SUV near the intersection of calles General Luis Ibarra and Ponciano Arriaga when they were attacked. Unconfirmed reports are the driver was a Mexican Army corporal assigned to the Mexican 9th Motorized Cavalry Regiment based in Juarez.

* Two Mexican Federal agents were attacked in Juarez Tuesday. The agents with the Agencia Federal de Investigacion (AFI) were serving a warrant on a suspect at a residence on Calle Benemrito de las Americas when they were shot.

* An unidentified man was found shot to death in Torreon, Coahuila Sunday. The victim was found in front of the Nueva Los Angeles bar on Calle Angel Urraza shot several times.

* A man was shot to death in Torreon. Coahuila last Thursday night. Roberto Jimenez Carreon, 36, was shot several times on Bulevar Tajito. and was only recently identified.

* An unidentified man was found shot to death in Torreon, Coahuila Sunday night. The victim was found near the corner of Bulevar Revolucion and Calle Muzquiz in the Alianza colony. A total of 35 9mm and .223 caliber spent shell casings were found at the scene.

* An unidentified man in his 30s was found shot to death in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon early Tuesday morning. The victim was found shot several times near the corner of Enrique H Herrera and Prolongacion Chihuahua in the Canteras colony.

January 14th, 2011

31 Die in Northern Mexico

Source: Noticias del Sol de La Laguna, Torreon, Saltillo

http://www.oem.com.mx/noticiasdelsoldelalaguna/notas/n1923135.htm

(Accessed January 14th, 2011)

A total of 31 individuals were murdered in ongoing drug and gang related violence in northern Mexican states which include 11 prison inmates stabbed to death in a prison brawl in Gomez Palacio, Durango.

* Two unidentified men were shot and wounded in two separate incidents in Juarez Tuesday, according to the Mexican daily La Polaka.

--1) A man was shot and wounded as he was driving his GMC Envoy SUV in the parking lot of the Soriana Sanders shopping mall.

--2) A man in his 20s was shot and wounded at his residence in the Insurgentes colony.

* Two armed suspects robbed the Banco Aztec in Chihhuazhua late Tuesday night. The branch robbed was near the intersection of avenidas Zaragoza and Vallarta. The suspects got away with a little over USD $750.00.

* Two unidentified men were shot to death and a third was wounded in Juarez Wednesday. The shooting took place near the corner of calles Hiedra and Asfodel in the Juarez Nuevo colony where the victim were aboard a Ford Explorer SUV.

* An unidentified man was found shot to death and immolated in Juarez Wednesday. The victim was found in the backseat of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo near the junction of calles Ejido Salvarcar and Puerto Madrid in the Las Arenas colony.

* A Policia Federal unit foiled an abduction attempt of a Juarez city official Wednesday. The kidnapping attempt took place near the intersection of Calle Manuel M Ponce 1663 and Municipio Libre where agents spotted armed suspects attempting to gain control of Ruth Anaya, head of the Juarez city Oficina Desconcentrada de Gobernacion. A brief firefight and pursuit took place before agents arrested Humberto Gonzalez Rodriguez, 30, and seized an AKM-47 rifle.

* Unidentified armed suspects fired their weapons at the front door of a Chihuahua state COESPRIS government office in Juarez then left a threatening message scrawled on cardboard. The Coordinacion Regional de la Comision Estatal Para la Proteccion Contra Riesgos Sanitarios was warned not to mess with bars that stay open 24 hours a day.

* A man in his 20s was shot to death in front of his family in Tijuana, Baja California Wednesday evening. Cristian Michelle Payan, 22, was shot at a residence on Calle Torres Hipodromo in the Camino Verde in the Sanchez Taboada delegation.

* Eleven inmates at a Durango state prison were stabbed to death in a riot Tuesday. Mexican Army and Policia Federal units move to the Centro de Readaptacion Social No. 2 (CERESO) in Gomez Palacio, Durango where about 80 inmates took part of a two hour long brawl. Officials say the riot was initiated to test prison security. The Gomez Palacio CERESO was the prison where prison officials allowed trusted inmates out of prison at night to commit murders at Los Zetas operated bars and facilities. The last attack was in Torreon in July where 17 young men and women were massacred. All of the prison officials and guards involved were convicted of crimes