CANCÚN, Q. Roo — On Saturday night June 24, one execution and the discovery of a dead body, both within an hour, were reported to the police in Cancún. On Monday June 26, two more executions were recored in this turistic destination. With this, June becomes the most violent month of this year, with 18 murders in 27 days, surpassing the 14 victims of all April.
The first incident [on June 24] took place in Región 64 at around 10 o’clock, in the neighborhood known as Donceles 28, where a man was shot to death by an unknown subject; the victim died at the scene, after receiving at least one shot in the head. Less than an hour later, a call to the 911 emergency number alerted authorities again; a body was found inside a bag in a road in Region 224, close to Av. Chac Mool.
Municipal and ministerial policemen who arrived at the scene later confirmed that the body belonged to a woman; it had no clothes and her hands and feet were bound. With these two deaths, the average number of executions in Cancun is three per week and, if this continues, 2017 could be known as the deadliest year in the history of this touristic destination.
According to SIPSE, this time last year Cancún had only 22 homicides, compared to now, where 73 people have been killed in the course of 6 months. In 2016, the total number of murders were 86, from which 62 were classified as executions, as they were related to organized crime; the other 24 were due to robbery, crimes of passion or revenge. This first half of 2017 has already surpassed the total number of last year’s executions, having so far 65 deaths in the hands of organized crime. Cancún is just 12 murder victims away to outdo last year’s total homicides.
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