Cartel violence leaves 32 people dead, including five at a funeral, in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato
- At least 32 people were murdered Monday in the Guanajuato, Mexico
- Authorities reported five men were shot dead at the wake at a home in the municipality of Jaral de Progreso
- Gunmen also wounded four men at the service held for one of the 11 victims gunned down at a bar September 27
- It’s the second deadliest day of 2020 in Guanajuato after 33 homicides were registered July 1
- There were 2,250 murders reported in Guanajuato through August 31
As many as 32 people were murdered Monday in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato, marking it the second deadliest day of 2020 in a state that has been engulfed by cartel violence.
The most gruesome attack took place in the municipality of Jaral del Progreso approximately at 12pm local time when an armed gang arrived in two vehicles and opened fired at a home where a funeral service was being held.
The shooting left five men dead and four others wounded. Local media outlets reported the service was held for one of the 11 victims who died in a September 27 bar massacre in Jaral del Progreso.
Images of the carnage uploaded to social media showed several bodies lying along the sidewalk in the neighborhood of Emiliano Zapata.
Pictured on the bottom right corner is one of five individuals who were shot dead by a gang at a home where a funeral service was held Monday in Guanajuato, Mexico. Monday marked the second deadliest day of 2020 in Guanajuato with 32 murders
Pictured above are two of the five men who were executed by an armed gang outside a home in the Guanajuato municipality of Jaral del Progreso on Monday. Authorities reported 32 homicides throughout the central Mexico state on Monday
A man’s vitals are checked after he and another male were shot dead at a hardware store in the Guanajuato municipality of Salamanca on Monday
At least 92 people have now been murdered during the first five days of October in Guanajuato. Monday was the second deadliest day of 2020 in the state after 33 homicides were registered July 1. At least 27 people were murdered September 27, making it the third deadliest day of the year.
The Jalisco New Generation Cartel reportedly claimed responsibility and placed a banner in the background, warning its rivals against the act of extorting local businesses throughout the state.
A third mutilated body was discovered inside a garbage bag at a supermarket parking in Celaya, too.
Authorities reported four people were also assassinated in the city of León, including three at a liquor store. Two men were also killed at a hardware store in Salamanca.
Authorities also discovered four dead bodies on farmland located between the towns of Las Adjuntas and La Clavada.
Known for its rich culture and history and one of the most beautiful states in Mexico, Guanajuato’s day-to-day life has been turned upside down due to an ongoing war between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, an organization which crime experts have coined as the most dynamic.
Pictured a male victim who was executed inside a hardware store in Guanajuato, Mexico, on Monday
Since 2017, José Antonio ‘El Marro’ Yépez (left), who commands the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, has been at odds with Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera Cervantes, the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel
Both cartels are involved in a tug of war over the lucrative drug trade and fuel theft businesses.
At least 343 have been killed in Guanajuato since August 2, when the military arrested José Antonio ‘El Marro’ Yépez, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel, who in December 2017 declared war on Nemesio ‘El Mencho’ Oseguera, the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
Murders in Guanajuato increased by 222 percent in 2019 with 3,540 homicides after 1,096 were reported in 2016. At least 2,250 murders were reported through August 31, 2020.
Residents and police stand outside a hardware store in the Guanajuato municipality of Salamanca on Monday where two men were gunned down